How to keep your energy costs low

The temperature is dropping, but before cranking up the thermostat, there are several tips to help you save some money.

One way is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees which is what Santee Cooper says is most energy efficient.

To warm up your home, Amanda Brown, energy advisor with Santee Cooper says "only raise it two degrees at a time to prevent your auxiliary, or your backup heating source from coming on."

Another way to save money is by checking your vents, windows and doors for any drafts.

"A good tip is if you can see daylight or the outside you would want to use some weather stripping or calking to seal up that crack, so the air can't come in. Especially on a windy day you'd be able to tell," says Brown.

For ceiling fans, make sure to set them counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter .

"That way your pushing the warm air down that has risen up to the ceiling. It is not wasted air, we want to push it back down where we can enjoy the warmth of it," said Brown.

Berns Massey built his house in 1987 with specifications that Santee Cooper recommended. To this day, he sees the benefits.

"Our electricity bill is right around $90 a month," said Massey.

On Friday, another energy audit was done on Massey's home and 27 years after it was built he found out his house is still energy efficient.

"I think it's important that you do the things that they recommend," said Massey.

Also make sure to service your heat pumps twice a year, and check the depth of your insulation.

Remember to keep your freezer 70 percent full, so that the items inside can help keep the temperature stable.

For more information, or to get an energy audit, click here.