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Warm Up This Winter with These Simple Energy-Saving Tips By Angie Ostaszewski, MBA Advisor, Ameren Illinois

From snow showers to blustery winds, keeping your home warm throughout the winter can be tough — but small changes can have a big impact on your utility bill, which is important now more than ever. With these tips, you’ll be ready to handle snow days like an energy-efficiency expert!

Bundle up

Instead of cranking up the thermostat, one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is to put on a pair of warm socks and sweatshirt or cozy up with a blanket. This will help keep you warm without using additional energy.

Use your fireplace carefully

Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning so your heat doesn’t escape up the chimney. To prevent heat loss when using your fireplace, install tempered glass doors to keep the warm air in, and a heat-air exchange system, which blows the warm air back into the room.

Fill up on hot cocoa

Winter is the perfect time to get your fix of hot cocoa! Hot drinks are delicious and will warm you up at the same time, so you don’t need to turn up the thermostat.

Get a humidifier

In the winter, the cold weather can make the air in your home very dry. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air, which makes it feel warmer and holds heat better — so you can set your thermostat at a lower temperature and still feel comfortable.

Unplug unnecessary electronics

Even when an electronic device is turned off, it still draws some power from the outlet — wasting energy. If you plan on being away from home for an extended period, be sure to unplug any appliances or electronic devices before you leave that won’t need power while you’re gone.

Use a smart thermostat

Energy efficiency is easy with the help of a smart thermostat. You may be eligible for a free smart thermostat from the Ameren Illinois Smart Savers Initiative! Check your eligibility today by searching by your ZIP code at

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