Fall is on the way and it's never too early to start thinking about ways to lower your winter heating costs.

By making some basic tweaks to your home, you can stay warm and save money at the same time.

Here are 12 quick DIY ways to reduce your energy bill

  1. Seal drafts around doors and windows using weather stripping or caulking.
  2. Make sure your attic is well insulated.
  3. Get a water heater blanket if your unit is over 5 years old.
  4. Use natural sunlight for heating when available.
  5. Put your ceiling fans in reverse during the winter to move rising heat downward.
  6. Make sure your vents are not blocked by furniture.
  7. Get a programmable thermostat. If you really want to kick it up a notch, get a Nest.
  8. Use a humidifier. Adding moisture lets you lower the thermostat without feeling much colder.
  9. Put plastic film over windows.
  10. Try zoned heating. Close off rooms and vents in rooms that are not in use.
  11. Close off your fireplace and the flue on your chimney.
  12. Consider warming your bed with an electric blanket.

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Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. View More Articles

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