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The Green Life: Green Your Heating -- Thermostat Settings

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November 05, 2008

Green Your Heating -- Thermostat Settings

November is here, and wintry weather has blown in with gusto. This week's tips cover ways to make the most of your home heating system.

Tip #3: Get a hot bod without cranking up the thermostat

The human body is essentially a walking heat factory (check out these cool infrared images of mammals for proof), so why not harvest your own natural resource? For each degree you lower your thermostat over a regular eight-hour stretch in the winter heating season--every night when your tucked snugly in bed, for example--energy costs drop by about 1 percent, according to the Department of Energy. If that leaves you feeling a little chilly, consider following the lead of a Green Life reader who commented on yesterday's post: She always adds a layer of clothing before resorting to cranking the thermostat.

-- Mario Aguilar

Share your tips: How do you stay warm and save money during the winter? Are you trying a different thermostat setting this year?

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