Tips for Saving Money on your Heating Bill
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Tips for Saving Money on your Heating Bill

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Piggy BankThe cooler weather is here, and it won’t be long before things get very cold. It is the time of year that people end up spending extra money on the cost of heating their homes. You cannot go without heat in fall and winter. Instead, try some of these tips that will help you save money on your heating bill.

Wear a sweater
It’s the type of advice your mother or grandmother may have given you. The advice is useful, no matter where you heard it from. Keep your thermostat at a slightly lower temperature. If you feel chilled, put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat.

You already bought the sweater, or sweatshirt, or Snuggie, so it won’t cost you a thing to put it on. Wear slippers if your feet get cold. You may find that you are just as comfortable in layers as you would be with the heat turned up.

Warm up the bedding
Flannel sheets do a good job of helping a person keep warm at night. A few extra blankets, or a quilt, will also help. If all else fails, try an electric blanket. You can turn down your heat at night when everyone is in bed and asleep (and cozy warm).

Block the drafts
The heat in your home can escape through tiny gaps under doors. Roll up a towel that fits along the length of the door to block the draft. Or, if you are crafty, you can make a more decorative draft blocker that serves the same purpose.

Another option is to make sure your windows and doors have good weatherstripping. It is inexpensive to do. The purpose is seal air leaks around doors and windows in order to prevent the heat in your home from flowing out. Energy.Gov has some great information about weatherstripping. Overall, homes with weatherstripping lose less heat. So, you won’t have to keep turning the heat up to replace what is lost. It helps save money.

Other quick tricks
The website for Labor and Workforce Development of Massachusetts has a list of things you can do that will help you save money on the cost of heating your home.

* Tape a sheet of aluminum foil (with the shiny side facing out) to the wall behind your radiators. It will help make the radiators more efficient.

* Move chairs and beds away from exterior walls. Those are typically the coldest walls of the house.

* Make sure your warm air registers are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes. Remove the obstacles that are preventing the heat from efficiently getting into your home.

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