Utility company offers home winterizing tips including clean air filters, maximizing sunlight and using ceiling fans to keep warm air circulating.

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Inexpensive steps to winterize a home can save a bundle on natural gas bills, Nebraska City Utilities reported Sept. 21. ”Even with natural gas commodity prices relatively low, winterizing your home can still save customers money on your natural gas bill this winter,” said utility manager Leroy Frana. The utilities offers the following tips. Inspect windows and doors for drafts and apply or replace caulk to insulate and repair cracks in walls and around doors and windows 1. Set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature and dress in layers. 2. Lower it a few degrees before leaving the house or going to bed. If possible, use a programmable thermostat to automatically control your home’s temperature 3. Seal leaks in furnace air ducts 4. Remember to change or clean air filters monthly 5. Keep window blinds, shades and draperies open during the day to allow sunlight to warm your home. Close them at night for added insulation 6. Set ceiling fans to run clockwise, drawing air up and keeping warm air circulating 7. Lower your natural gas water heater to 115 or 120 degrees The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may be available to help customers that are struggling paying their heating bill. To inquire where to apply for LIHEAP funding, call (866) 674-6327 or e-mail energy@ncat.org. As your local public utility, Nebraska City Utilities strives to provide the best customer service possible while providing clean, efficient and reliable natural gas in the most economical way possible.