Winter is coming and if you’re like most people, your heating bill is one of if not the biggest household expense you have. So I’m sure you will agree that it only makes sense to try and trim your heating bill as much as possible. And the good news is that even small changes to your habits can have a large impact on your total utility bill.
Here are some simple tips for lowering your winter heating costs:
Lower Your Thermostat – Keep your thermostat turned down as low as you can while still being comfortable. Every degree you lower the thermostat will cut your bill by about 3%, so throw on a warm sweater and turn down the heat and you could see some significant savings right off the bat.
Seal Up Doors and Windows – Pick up some caulk and weather-stripping materials at your local hardware store and get ready for some do it yourself insulating. Make sure you seal any holes and cracks around doors and windows to prevent cold air from leaking in. if your windows are particularly old and drafty you can pick up clear plastic insulation to seal the entire window for the winter. Just use the special adhesive tape around the window frame, attach the plastic, and use an ordinary hair dryer to “shrink-wrap” your window.
Keep Your Furnace Filter Clean – Clean or replace your filter regularly so your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.
Let the Sun In – During the day when the sun is shining brightly, open up shades and drapes to let the sun in and take advantage of some natural heat. As the sun goes down, close the shades and drapes to help keep the warm air inside.
Keep Vents and Radiators Free – Placing furniture and drapes near heating vents or radiators is never a good idea because it blocks the heat from coming in. Sure, the space behind your sofa will be nice and toasty (a cat would love that!) but the rest of your house will remain chilly.
Have a Home Energy Audit Completed – Most energy providers will provide you with a free or low-cost home energy audit if you ask for one. Basically, one of their workers will come to your home and look for places that energy is being wasted. Then they’ll draw up a quick report with suggestions on how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Then it is up to you to decide which of their recommendations you want to follow.
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