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Keeping utility costs low with fluctuating temperatures

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - This winter weather roller coaster continues in eastern North Carolina and many are feeling and paying for the affects.

Keeping utility costs low depends on what type of heating system you have. If you have a heat pump, you don’t want to do too much of anything.

Greenville Utilities Commission says the more you change your thermostat, the more you’ll end up paying.

Records show people in this area spend more to heat their homes than cool their homes. The Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees or lower. GUC energy services supervisor, Andy Yakim, says a few degrees higher than that can really run up your bill.

 "68 or above that is everyone's choice but every degree is worth three to five percent on your heating cost,” said Yakim. “So it you can keep in that 68 or lower range there is savings over some one keeping it in the 70 range."

Yakim works with people on a regular basis to lower their utility bill. He says a lot of people don’t realize how expensive space heaters can be.

Most of them cost 18 cents an hour to run. So if you’re using a space heater 24/7, you’re spending an extra $135 a month.

Click here for more information from the Department of Energy on keeping your utility costs steady this time of year.


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