SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Temperatures are down in the Heartland, so many people are turning their heat up. However, that means utility bills are also going up.
With temperatures like these, there is probably no way around having to use some extra heat, but electric workers say there are some things we can do to help keep the bill from skyrocketing too much.
Glen Cantrell with SEMO Electric Cooperative said things like space heaters can really make people's bills go up.
Cantrell said if you're not going to be home throughout the day, it's a good idea to turn your heat down, but not too low. He said putting the thermostat at about 65 degrees when you're not home helps save on electric costs while keeping the heater from having to play catch up when you get home.
He also said to consider isolating the heat to certain rooms of your home.
"Seal off rooms that you're not using," Cantrell said. "Even go as far as shutting off some of the registers within that room if you're not going to be using it. Simple things like putting a towel down in front of the door, you know, using things to cover up the windows [can help keep bills down]. Let the sunshine in the day to help heat the home."
Cantrell said to keep in mind that these cold temperatures are temporary. He said making these small changes for a few days can really make a difference.
Cantrell said safety is also a huge concern in this freezing cold weather. He said linemen are constantly aware of the possibility of things like frostbite. Cantrell reminds everyone to be cognizant of the dangers of these cold temperatures.