CENTRAL FLORIDA — "It's another cold start, but temperatures are about to take a turn. We'll rebound into the 60s this afternoon and 80s return this weekend. But what goes up, must come down – even in Florida. Another cold front arrives by the middle of next week," Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. OUC says for each degree above 68, the heating portion of your bill will increase four to six percent.
- Turn the heater down or off when no one is home.
- Keep portable or space heaters at least three feet away from furniture, bedding, walls, clothing, and other flammable items.
- Turn off and unplug electric blankets when not in use.
- Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.
- If temperatures drop below freezing, cover any exposed water pipes and leave pool pumps running.
- Open drapes and blinds to let the sun's warmth in during the day, then close the blinds at night.
- Check under doors and around windows for cool air coming in, then seal those areas.
- Set a ceiling fan to run clockwise, which will force warm air towards the floor.
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