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Cutting heating costs: Separating fact from fiction

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When it gets cold - people get practical about staying warm.

"I have in my house a wood-burning stove," said Hyland Markle, of Charleston. "Wood-burning stoves are great ways to be energy efficient."

Others have an even simpler solution.

"When it comes to going sleep, putting two blankets and then wrapping myself as a cocoon," said Britton Dudley, "And then my body heat feeds off the blanket."

As everyone tries to stay warm (and save cash) 13NEWS set out to separate the fact from fiction.

1. A HOUSE IS MORE EXPENSIVE TO HEAT THAN AN APARTMENT: FICTION.

"Probably a larger factor is how well insulated your house is," said Phil Moye, a spokesperson for AEP. "And you want to make sure you have the best insulation that you have."

2. IT COSTS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO INSULATE A LIVING SPACE: FICTION.

 Based on prices at a local hardware store, caulk to fill the cracks between windows and walls costs $3.

For less than $6, weather strips will seal drafty windows and door frames.

"Heating accounts for more than half of all your energy use ...so you want to make sure you're not losing any heat in spaces like this," Moye said.

"If you have cracks where you can feel air coming in, stick your newspapers in 'em," said Bill Pile, a manager at FM Pile Hardware in Charleston.

Pile added that masking or duct tape also works as a quick fix to seal air leaks.

3. CLOSING DOORS SAVES CASH: FACT

"You can save a lot of money at least until it warms up into the 30s, 40s, 50s...by living in a few rooms instead of the whole house," Pile said.