Tips to reduce energy costs as rates rise this winter

MIAMI VALLEY — Residents across the Miami Valley are preparing to see their energy bills increase as the temperatures fall.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expects households to see their heating bills to jump as much as 54 perfect compared to last winter.

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Gas users can expect to see the biggest increase in costs and could end up paying an average of $746 this winter.

AES Ohio told News Center 7′s Candace Price that their rates on electric bills will remain the same.

“We’re always looking at the forecast. We’re also looking at other resources in terms of what type of winter that they’re predicting,” Mary Ann Kabel, AES Ohio Director of Corporate Communications, said.

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Things residents can do to reduce energy costs this winter include:

  • Caulk, seal and weather-strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside
  • Change air filters regularly
  • Have ceiling fans moving in a clockwise direction which pushes warm air back down into the room