Butte County, Calif. -- You may be cranking up the heat with the recent chilly weather.
But today might be a day to rethink - it's National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.
One easy way to save might take a small investment; get an expert in to check your heater for tune-up.
You can save anywhere from 3-10 percent on your bill just by getting your equipment in efficient order.
You can also set your temperature at it's "sweet spot" - which is energy experts say is around 68 degrees.
Other little ways to save big? Weatherproof your home, replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows, and replace you old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace.
Keep that furnace properly maintained and use solar if possible - firefighters say in the North State, attic fires caused by build-up in your stove pipe is a leading cause of fire during winter-time.
A few other little savings ideas? Turn off the lights when you leave a room and use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded and your lower water heater temperature.
You can take shorter showers and unplug unused appliances, and lastly, carpool whenever possible.
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