Trane XE80, heating bill & thermostat

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Trane XE80, heating bill & thermostat

Our heating bill has been getting higher so I wanted to investigate a few issues.
I used to set our LUX thermostat to 70 when we're home and 66 when we're sleeping or are away from home. Would it better to set it to a constant 69 degrees? Our heating/electric bill is getting too high so I need to find out if I'm doing something wrong.

The furnace is as old as the home, built in 1997.

Is this the right thermostat to use for this type of furnace or is there a better one? This is what we have now.
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Our heating/electric bill is getting too high so I need to find out if I'm doing something wrong.
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here is some info I found online.

The XE80 is Trane's base line furnace. It is 80% efficient, has electronic hot surface ignition (no pilot to worry about), a direct drive multi-speed motor (no belts to break or replace), several safety controls for worry free operation, a micro-computer to monitor system operation and it comes with a 20 year warranty on the heat exchanger.
 
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You could upgrade your furnace to a 90% + model. That would save a little but has a fairly long payback period. When your current unit dies, then upgrade.

Your heating bills are higher because? Compare your rates against previous year. Has the weather been the same or colder this year? Has the utility increased the cost? There are many variables which effect your final cost.

Personally, I put my comfort over a dollar sign.
 
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What do those cost to get installed these days? Wouldn't they also change out the a/c?
 
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