How to beat the high cost of heating
By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer
Conservation is the key to controlling high heating costs this winter, state energy officials and local utilities spokespeople said.
"We urge customers to control what you can control," said Rob Boulware, director of communications for Columbia Gas of Maryland.
Cover windows with shrink plastic, install low-flow water heads, and caulk and weather strip around windows and doors to conserve energy in the home, Boulware said.
Thompson Gas Company of Boonsboro suggests the following energy-saving steps:
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Have your home-heating system inspected to make sure it is functioning at its best.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Change your furnace filter monthly. Clean filters will cut heating costs.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Consider investing in a furnace thermostat timer, which will save money by lowering your home's temperature when you're not there.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Turn down your water heater from the standard 140 degrees to 130 degrees to save more than 10 percent on your water-heating bill.