With the current economic market, I was pleased to hear that the rates charged for the natural gas used to heat Missouri homes will be lower this year.

Earlier this year, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a decrease in Laclede Gas rates. The lower rates are expected to save homeowner’s 2%, approximately $18, on their heating costs this winter.

Money going down the faucet10 Easy No-Cost Tips to Save More on Your Energy Bills:

  1. Close the fireplace damper when not using the fireplace.
  2. Seal off unused rooms by closing the doors and heat registers. But, do not seal off more than 20% of your living space or your furnace may not operate properly.
  3. Lower your thermostat. For every degree lower you set your thermostat, you will save 4-5% on your heating bill. Don’t forget to lower the temperature by 5% while you are sleeping and away at work. If you are leaving for vacation or extended periods, lower the temperature to 55%.
  4. Arrange furniture so that it does not block the heat registers.
  5. Open draperies during sunny days to allow solar energy to help heat your home. Close them at night to keep the heat inside.
  6. Don’t pre-heat the oven for general cooking (baking does require pre-heating for recipes to turn out right).
  7. Thaw food for quicker cooking and cook several dishes at the same time in the oven.
  8. Cover your pot when boiling water and it will boil faster, using less energy.
  9. Lower the temperature on the hot water heater to normal or low, which is hot enough for most people.
  10. Since heating water is the 2nd largest use of energy outside of heating your home, save water on hot water by running full loads when using the dishwasher and washing machine, and taking showers instead of baths.

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As a child of the 1970s with soaring inflation, I also grew up being told to turn off the lights when you left a room. If you have a house that has old aluminum or single pane windows, you should make sure to use the storm windows or consider sealing the windows with plastic. You may even consider doing more of your cooking with a small toaster oven instead of using the higher energy stove.

What other tips do you have to save money without making home improvements?

Leave a comment and share your ideas with the rest of us.