Tips for Lowering the Heating Bill This Winter
Lowering your heating bill can save you a lot of money in the winter. Here are six tips to help you save money this winter.
- Lower your thermostat
If you lower your thermostat from 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night, you can save up to 15% on your heating bill since lowering your thermostat one degree over an eight hour period can save you 1% on your bill.
- Wear warm clothing
Wearing warm clothes can up your body temperature and save you money on your heating bill. Wearing warm clothing allows you to lower your thermostat to a temperature you normally don’t set it at. There are many comfortable house slippers for women and men; you can buy to keep your feet warm while your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. Covering your feet with comfortable house slippers can help your feet stop your body from losing heat.
- Circulate your air
Heat rises. And during the winter, having the heat in your home trapped at the ceiling does you no good. As counter intuitive as it may seem, having a ceiling fan blowing in your home can keep you warmer in the winter. Your fan should be positioned so that it circulates air towards the ceiling. Doing this will force the warm air that is in your ceiling down, helping you feel warmer.
- Fill the gaps
Cold air can come into your through uncovered gaps, and these gaps can also cause warm air to leave your home. Your windows can be the worst offenders when it comes to letting cold air into your home. Make sure your windows are closed, and also make sure they are covered with curtains or drapes. If you do not have curtains or drapes on your windows, cover them with blankets to lower the amount of heat that leaves your home.
- Close your doors
Closing the doors of unused rooms will also help lower your heating bill. Closing your doors lessen the amount of space your heater has to keep warm.
- Use space heaters
Space heaters are a great way to warm up smaller spaces. Running your heater all day can be expensive. Space heaters allow you to keep the room you’re in warm without having to pay an expensive heating bill.
If you decide to use a space heater to keep your home warm, be sure you don’t leave it unattended. Also, make sure it isn’t placed near something flammable.
- Clean your vents and radiators
If your vents and traditional radiators are blocked with dust or other debris, the air in your home will not flow freely. Cleaning out your vents and regulators can help you have better airflow in your home. This will prevent your heater from having to work overtime to keep your home warm.
- Replace your air filters
Replacing your air filters will help you have better airflow throughout your heating system. This better airflow will make it easier for heat to flow through the vents and in your home.
- Insulating your home
The decision to better insulate your home helps to keep in the warm air in your home and the cold air out. If you have a basement, it is important to also get it insulated as well. A lot of cold air can enter your basement and come into your home.