Preparing a Home for Winter can Save Hundreds of Dollars in Energy Costs

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WhiteFence.com, the nation's leading home service comparison shopping site, provides tips on how to keep the cold out and the money in this winter

As winter approaches, so does the threat of astronomical energy bills. However, by properly preparing their home for the upcoming cold weather, consumers can drastically cut their energy use and save a lot of money in the process. Home service comparison shopping site WhiteFence.com is here to help them do just that with a list weatherproofing tips.

•Invest in a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat can slash heating bills by making sure energy isn't wasted heating an empty house.
•Make sure all doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. Check them for leaks by running a tissue around their edges--if the tissue flutters, outdoor air is getting in.
•Keep windows that face the sun uncovered during the day and covered at night. This allows the sun to help heat the house.
•Check all doors for under-door drafts. If a stiff piece of paper can be slid under any doors leading outside, air is leaking and a new threshold might be required.
•Look into switching to natural gas for heating needs. Natural gas is more cost-effective at heating than propane, oil or electricity.
•Install protective covers on windows. From plastic sheets to heavy-duty storm windows, there is a wide range of money-saving solutions available.
•Ensure attic and walls are properly insulated. Insulation is a house's main defense against heat loss and will also help keep the heat out in the summer.
•Consider switching to double pane windows. While they may not be the cheapest upgrade, they can easily pay for themselves over their lifetime in lower heating bills.

WhiteFence offers customers in deregulated energy markets a free and easy way to shop, compare and order natural gas and electricity service. In addition, comsumers in regulated areas can use the site to find the provider in their area. Users simply enter their address on WhiteFence.com, and are presented with a list of providers and plans available at their location. They can then compare all of the available plans and order their service, all without leaving the site. With winter, and the prospect of rising energy costs, just weeks away, this is the perfect time to switch and save on natural gas and electricity service with WhiteFence.

About WhiteFence:
WhiteFence is a free service that helps people find the best deals on phone, Internet, television, electricity, natural gas and other home services. By simply entering a street address into the secure site, people looking to save money or start new service can find the most comprehensive list of plans available for their specific address from over 400 nationally recognized partners. As a trusted home service shopping source for 24 million people annually, WhiteFence makes it easy to establish service directly on the site in a few simple steps.

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