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Ways you can save on heating costs

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As we head into the holidays, a lot of us are trying to save money any way we can, and one of those ways could be in our heating bills.

There are plenty of things you can do now to help save a couple bucks on your heating bills.

Cannon Johnson, Assistant Manager at Lowe's in Quincy, says one of the simplest things you can do is use an infrared space heater.

A lot of us may be a little hesitant to use space heaters because of safety issues, but some new space heaters automatically shut off when tipped over.

Plus, Johnson says it's probably one of the most cost-effective ways to lower your heating bills.

"Infrared heat is very low cost, it uses the same amount of energy as a blow dryer you use to blow your hair every morning. It does not take the moisture out of the air like traditional heaters. It's quite and they're safe," said Johnson. 

Another benefit Johnson says for the infrared heaters is that they're safe for pets and kids, meaning they're not hot to the touch, so your young ones or pets aren't going to get burned if they were to touch it.

Heaters like infrared, radiator, and ceramic heaters are more efficient than some older-style heaters. And, keep in mind that if you do use a space heater, you can save by keeping the temperature in the rest of the house low too.

"Your family spends 75% of the time in the living room so it's not necessary that you keep the whole house at 72 degrees. You can put the house thermostat on 68 and hang out in the living room at 72, 74 and be comfortable without wasting all that energy," said Johnson. 

However, never leave it unattended unless it is made to be left on all the time. Some space heaters like radiator heaters can be left on all the time, however you should never leave a ceramic or utility heater on when you are not home.

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