This winter has brought colder-than-normal temperatures to West Michigan.

We have some tips on how to stay warm and save money.

“The recent extreme temperatures are leading the homes and businesses we serve to use more natural gas than usual,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president for energy supply.

Consumers Energy offers the following tips to save money on winter heating bills:

  1. Turn down the dial -- Every degree you dial down your thermostat could save 1 to 3 percent on your heating costs.
  2. Let the air flow – Keep furniture, curtains and other items from blocking heat registers.
  3. Put simple weather-stripping around external doors -- A 1/8-inch crack around the perimeter of a door is equivalent to a softball-sized hole in the middle of the door.
  4. Reduce water temperature – Lower your water heating temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees.
  5. Clean and replace furnace filters – A well-maintained furnace can lead to lower heating bills.

Stay warm and enjoy winter!