Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill
Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 7:00 am
It’s that time of year, again! The weather has turned cold and you need to heat your home in order to keep your family comfortable. Unfortunately, turning on the heat can result in an expensive heating bill. One way to stay warm, and within your budget, is to use some of these tips that will help you save money on your heating bill.
How to Save on Your Heating Bill
Insulate the Windows
It has been recommended that homeowners close the “gaps” that allow heat to leak out of your home. Use weather stripping to seal the leaks around windows. There are decorative items that are designed to block the gaps under the doors that lead to outside.
Another way to prevent heat from leaking out of your home is by using insulating curtains. Choose the type that has acrylic or high-density foam insulation and reflective film that directs heat into the room.
Popular Mechanics suggests that you cover windows and patio doors with plastic film. You can purchase transparent film from a hardware store. It is simple to put on and won’t damage your trim. When spring comes, the plastic film can be easily removed.
Use a Programable Thermostat
Many families have several hours a day when no one is at home. The kids are at school and the parents are at work. You can use a programable thermostat to automatically lower and raise the temperature in your home in an efficient, cost effective, way. Program it once, and it is good to go.
Set the programable thermostat to a lower temperature during the day when no one is home. (This may not be an ideal solution for families who have pets). Set the temperature low when everyone is sleeping. The programable thermostat can be set to make your house nice and warm as your family is waking up and when people are about to return home.
The U.S. Department of Energy says that you can knock 10% off your yearly heating and cooling expenses if you turn the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Lower the heat when no one is home.
Wear a Sweater
Feeling a little cold even when the heat is on? Before you turn up the heat try putting on a sweater. It doesn’t cost you any money to put on a sweater, sweatshirt, hoodie, or Snuggie that you already have at home. You might find that the additional clothing keeps you warm and comfortable.
A sweater can help lower your heating bill. You get to stay warm without having to turn up the heat. Sometimes, the simplest solution to a problem turns out to be the most cost effective one.