UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
As colder weather continues, electricity costs are expected to rise. The Better Business Bureau says that protecting your home before the harshest weather sets in, can save money in the long run.
The BBB says on way to save money is to use the fire place more often, but make sure the flute is closed when you're not using it. Most importantly, they say to make sure furnace filters are clean. That will allow your furnace to operate more efficiently and last longer.
Other ways to lower electric costs include, inspecting the caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors, for cracking and peeling. If cold air is coming in, that means hot air is going out.
The BBB says that using these tools can save hundreds to thousands of dollars, that would have been spent on repairs.