Your furnace works harder when it’s colder

Ever wonder why your heating bill is higher in a colder winter even though you set your thermostat at the same level as last year?

Essentially, the greater the difference between the outside temperature and your desired indoor temperature, the more heat your furnace has to generate to make up that difference.

This additional heat that must be generated requires more natural gas, and the natural gas usually amounts to about half or more of your total heating bill.

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One way to pay the same amount – with no seasonal surprises – is to sign up for Budget Billing, which spreads your energy costs evenly over a 12-month period. The amount you pay is based on the average amount billed at your address over the past 12 months.

Visit alliantenergy.com for more information on how to control your winter heating costs.

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