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Winter in Springfield, MO, can get downright chilly, but you don’t have to break the bank by cranking up the heat. Here are three easy and energy-efficient ways to stay warm indoors without the hefty price tag.

Layered Clothing

Layering a vest over a shirt and a sweater over a vest can supply instant warmth that’s absolutely free. If you’re always cold, add a few additional layers and an extra-thick cardigan. If you’re feeling too warm, just shed a layer. You can also check out the new, high-tech super insulated clothing that Stanford University researchers say could eliminate the need for indoor heating altogether. If you don’t like bulky layers, don a knit hat, gloves with finger cutouts, a knitted scarf and some woolly socks. If you’re still chilly, use the scarf as a shawl. Keep throws handy and wrap up in one as you cozy up in front of the fire or settle in to watch TV or read a good book.

Winterized Bedding

Cold-weather bedding provides cozy comfort even with the thermostat set low. Affordable flannel sheets and a flannel-covered duvet can keep you toasty warm even on the coldest Springfield nights. If you don’t have a duvet or a comforter, invest in one immediately so you can resist the urge to turn up the thermostat. Duvets and comforters trap body heat under the covers to create a self-generating hot spot. For extra warmth on freezing cold nights, keep a large wool blanket or a woolly throw nearby and pull it over your comforter.

Thermostat Programming

You can buy a basic programmable thermostat for as little as $20.00. Prices vary according to how many features the thermostat offers, but even a very inexpensive model can help you to save considerably on heating costs. With thermostat programming, you can set the device to turn down the heat at bedtime and turn it back up before the alarm goes off. That way, your house will be warm when you get up.

For more Springfield, MO, winter energy-saving tips, or to schedule furnace repair or furnace maintenance , visit Goff Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC or call 417-869-5203.