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Don’t make these home heating mistakes!

The weather in Hampton Roads is all over the place, especially during this time of the year.

Trying to make the inside of your home compatible with the outside temperatures can be expensive if you're not doing it right!

Our News 3 First Warning Storm team has predicted that it will be colder in the next few weeks than what we're used to.

Here are some ways to make sure your heating bill doesn't skyrocket as you try to heat up your home this winter, according to Weather.com:

  • Don't turn the thermostat too high to try and heat up a cold house quickly. It may seem tempting to jack the temperature up to 80 to heat up a cold house quickly, but thermostats don't work that way. Set it to the temperature you want and be patient until it gets there.
  • Don't turn the thermostat way down at night. It's best to avoid extremes, if the temperature drops drastically overnight it will take even more work to heat back up in the morning.
  • Don't heat an empty house. Turn the heat down lower (not too much!) when you're out of the house for long periods of time. Many thermostats are adjustable and can be set on a timer which will make this very easy.
  • Open up your shades! Take advantage of the natural solar heat.
  • Make sure all windows are locked and sealed to not let any heat escape.