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Simple Energy Saving Solutions for Every Household

Everyone loves saving money! There are several things you could be doing every week to save on your energy bills this year. With these energy saving tips and tricks from Ameren Illinois, you’ll be able to reduce your energy use and have a bit more money in your pocket after your bills are paid.

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Three Must Try DIY Christmas Decorations

If you’re looking to add some new Christmas decorations to your collection or simply want to create a nice gift for a friend, look no further. Today, we have three fantastic DIY Christmas decorations that you can make using items from Rural King. Follow our step by step instructions and learn how to create rustic, Mason jar lid ornaments, a hardware cloth Christmas tree, and light up Christmas gifts.

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Warm Up This Winter with These Energy-Saving Tips

From snow showers to blustery winds, small changes can keep your home cozy while having a big impact on your energy bill. With these tips from Ameren Illinois, you’ll be ready to handle snow days, holiday parties, and everything in between like an energy efficiency expert.

Stay Warm & Bundle Up
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Instead of cranking up the thermostat, one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is to put on a pair of warm socks and a sweatshirt or cozy up with a blanket. This will help keep you warm without using additional energy.

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Whether you have an annual holiday lighting contest with your neighbor or just like to hang a few strands throughout your house, invest in LED holiday light strings. This will keep those extra holiday lights from driving up your power bill. You can find all kinds of LED holiday lights at your local Rural King.

For even more savings, put your holiday lights on a timer so they turn off when you go to bed.

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Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning so your heat doesn’t escape up the chimney. To prevent heat loss when using your fireplace, install tempered glass doors to keep the warm air in, and a heat-air exchange system, which blows the warm air back into the room.

Find all the supplies you need for your energy savings project at your local Rural King.

For more energy-saving tips and projects, visit the Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Center.

How to Protect Your Car From Mud, Fur, and Slobber

Keeping a clean car is tough when traveling with your canine companion. Taking your dog camping, hiking, to the beach, or on any outdoorsy adventure can lead to a very dirty dog – and car! By prepping your vehicle for these messy instances, you’ll be able to save time cleaning and spend more time with your pup. Follow the guidelines below and say goodbye to constant mud, fur, and slobber taking over your car. Continue reading

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Apple a Day: Fall Decor, Recipes, and More

We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but did you know apples can also be used to keep baked goods moist and make a great face mask? In honor of Apple Day (Oct. 21st), here is our list of a few creative ways you could be using apples this fall.

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