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Tips to prevent enormous heating bills this winter

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Cold weather means heating up the house, and there are some simple steps homeowners can take to help cut down on heating costs.

-Set your thermostat at 68 degrees. Each degree above 68 can significantly increase your heating bill.

-Programmable thermostats can automatically lower the temperature below 68 degrees overnight or while no one is home.

-Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed and weather stripped.

-Check air filters. Dirty filters increase energy usage and can damage heating systems.

-Open curtains on sunny days to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce chill or drafts.

More tips on how to save energy and money are available at www.sceg.com/energytips.

Even though winter is just weeks away, SCE&G says it's never too late for customers to enroll in the company's budget billing program. The program can help customers avouid fluctuations in their bills.

Based on a home's usage history, SCE&G will estimate bills for 12 months and spread that amount into 12 equal payments.

More details on the Budget Billing program can be found at www.sceg.com/budgetbilling or people can call toll free at 1.800.251.7234.

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