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Tips on saving energy this winter

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With winter right around the corner, you're probably wondering how you can save money on your heating bill.

Here's some good news: natural gas prices are down. But there are ways you can save even more money this winter.

Fox 28's Lindsey Sablan talked to NIPSCO's Mike Charbonneau on Wednesday's Fox 28 Morning Show.

Charbonneau said saving money is not just about turning your thermostat down. Caulking your windows and using weather stripping helps. And there are other things you can do, like using your clothes dryer less and using less hot water when taking a shower.

"Things like that that you can cut down," said Charbonneau. "Even though it's not heating the home, it does impact the natural gas bill through the heating months. So those are important things to think about as well."

Charbonneau even gave out tips to save on your electric bill.

Try cutting off the power to all the so-called "vampire" electronics around your house when you're not using them -- things like your computer, DVD player and the biggest electricity sucker of them all, your plasma TV.

"The best thing to do is take as many of these things as you can and eliminate them when you go to bed or you're not using them in the form of a power strip, unplugging them from the socket," Charbonneau said.

He said you need to switch your power strip off in order to cut the power to everything plugged into it.

Also keep in kind that any device that uses a remote control is in standby mode when you power it down, which means it's still using electricity.

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