You don't have to break the bank to be warm

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- You don't have to break the bank to keep your home warm this winter.

A few simple home improvement tasks can save you from costly out of pocket repairs down the road, according to local experts.

Experts suggest changing your furnace filters often and keep the temperature on your thermostat constant...or call the pros. They suggest a check up on your heating so system, so they can catch issues before it's too late.

Excel energy has the tips bellow to help you save on your energy bill.

• Let the Sunlight in and Keep the Cold Out - Open blinds to take advantage of the sun's warmth during the day, but be sure to close them again at night to insulate against the cold air outside.

• Lower Your Thermostat - During winter months, set thermostat between 65-70 degrees while you're home, and 58 degrees when you're away. A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature based on your routine and could help you save 10 percent on heating costs.

• Use Fans to Your Advantage - During colder months, run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise, so that the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling is forced down.

•Lower Your Water Heater's Temperature or Insulate it - The proper temperature for a water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and by lowering it 10 degrees, you can save 3-5 percent on your water heating costs; you can also insulate it to maximize efficiency.

• Keep Filters Clean - Dirty furnace filters reduce airflow, requiring your furnace to work harder and use more energy. Change the filter once a month during the winter to reduce your heating costs by 5 percent.

• Don't Let the Heat Escape - Affordable window sealing kits can be found in most local home improvement stores and can help you save more than $40. You can also have your home evaluated for leaky ducts, drafts around doors and windows, fireplace dampers, and other places where air might escape.

• Improve Insulation - Improving the insulation of walls, crawl spaces, floors, and heating ducts is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy costs, saving you upwards of 10 percent on your monthly energy bill.

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