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Winter Guide: Keep your home warm and your power bill low

A bit of snow falls in the Seattle area on Nov. 5, 2017 (Photo: KOMO News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With winter weather just around the corner, it’s time to think about how your home will hold up against wind, snow and ice.

Stan Sittser with Portland General Electric has a few tips on how to keep your home warm and your power bill low.

Sittser recommends you rotate your ceiling fan so the blades run clockwise. This will help you circulate warm air.

If you have a fireplace, Sittser said make sure the flue or doors are closed when you’re not using it, so warm air doesn’t escape.

No matter what source you use for heat, Sittser says turn it down or off when you’re not home.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well my furnace is going to have to work so much harder when I get back that I'll probably save energy if I leave it on while I'm gone.’ That's not true. Your house is always radiating heat, so you'll want to turn things off or significantly down when you're away,” he said.

Some other tips include using weather strip to cover small crevices around doors and windows and invest in LED light bulbs. They typically use less energy.

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