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Who likes being cold all of the time during winter? Not many of us, which is why most heating bills balloon this time of year. If you're looking for ways to save money on your heating bill this winter season without freezing, then you should shift your thinking. Instead of doing things like keeping your thermostat at polar-bear levels, find small ways to cut your overall energy costs to compensate for your heating needs.

1. Unplug the Unnecessary

Do you have energy vampires lurking in your home? It turns out that all of those plugs ensuring you get to watch your favorite shows during the evening hours are still drawing on electricity at night while you sleep and during the day while you're in the office. This doesn't mean you have to go around your home and unplug each and every cord before going to work and bed, only to replug them all in for the few evening hours you're home and awake. Instead, go after the biggest energy vampires - your DVR, laptop and television - by creating a plug station that you only need to unplug once. Do this by purchasing a power strip and filling it up with all of your entertainment-type electronics. If need be, change the location you consider home for some of your electronics, such as your phone charger, so that you can plug it into this station as well. It'll be more convenient and save money in the long run.

2. Turn the Thermostat Down When Traveling

The holidays - one of the busiest travel seasons of the year – coincide with most people's heating needs, so remember that if you're not going to be at home for more than a day, you should lower your thermostat. Not only that, but lower your water heater temperature as well.

3. Use Natural Heat

Whenever possible, let the sun shine into your home. The sun is a natural heating source, and if your curtains or blinds are closed to it, you can't take advantage of natural ways to save money on your heating bill. At the same time, you'll want to close the shades or curtains in the area of your home not facing the sun so that the heat will remain inside your home for longer.

4. Cut Off Heating in Unused Rooms

The easiest way to save money on your heating bill is to turn the heat off. While you can't do this without being left cold, you can certainly divert heating to the most popular rooms of your home without any ill effect. Do you have rooms in your home that are largely unused, such as a guest room or an office? Shut off the vents in these rooms, and make sure you keep the doors closed. This will allocate more of your heat to the areas in your home that are used the most, causing you to use less heat overall.

Finding ways to save money on your heating bill does not mean having to bear the cold through winter. Make these simple changes, and you can divert heat and money to the areas of your life where it's needed most.

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