Brrrrrrr, it's going to be another cold winter in the Tri-Cities and it's time to start thinking about preparing for the cold days ahead. I've got a few tips to help you save on that electric bill.

Pacific Power released some energy saving tips that can help you out this winter.

* Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.

* Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.

* Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.

* Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

Hopefully this tips are useful and will save you some money this winter