Looking to Save Money on Heating Bills?
Winter weather presents enough challenges, and adding the extra burden of expensive heating bills does not help at all. If the winter is especially cold, the cost to heat your home can add up quickly. Are you looking for creative ways to lower your heating bill this winter? Check out these six helpful heating tips and then share them with a friend! All of these quick solutions will be helpful to anyone trying to save money on heating bills.
#1 -Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is essential to saving money on heating bills. It allows you to set when you want the heat to turn on and to what temperature. Turning your heat down during the day when your home is empty will drastically cut your heating bill, as there is no need to have a warm home when no one is there to enjoy it. Consider programing for lower temperatures during the night, too. Studies have shown that the best room temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees. This one time purchase will add a lifetime of savings to your energy bill.
#2 -Rearrange your Furniture
Is your furniture practically on top of your heating outlets such as vents or radiators? Rearrange it! Furniture such as couches and other large, heat storing items absorb heat and make it more difficult to heat your home. They take in heat directly from the heating unit and store it, forcing your heating unit to produce more in order to heat the room to your desired temperature. If you truly love the set up of your furniture, simply moving it away from the heating sources by an additional six inches will allow for more heat to enter the room and not get sucked up by your favorite love seat. This simple adjustment will go a long way when trying to save money on your heating bill!
#3 -Close the Door!
Closing doors in desired rooms such as your bedroom traps the heat and prevents it from escaping into hallways. When you get home from work, close your bedroom door so by the time you want to retire for the night, your room is nice and warm. Also, closing doors to rooms that do not need to be heated, such as mudrooms and basements, cuts down on your heat per square foot. No need to waste heat on unnecessary rooms! Make sure to close any heating vents in those rooms, otherwise they will still get that warm air!
#4 -Utilize Space Heaters
Space heaters are great for keeping individual rooms warm and toasty. They are efficient and work well. Plus, if your home uses solar power, utilizing space heaters becomes a practically free way to create heat in the cold winter. Use caution: space heaters are a fire hazard that account for one-third of all heat-related fires. Do not leave them on over night and purchase one that turns off automatically if it falls over.
#5 -Cover up Wooden Floors
Placing rugs and carpets on your hardwood floors can store heat and keep your house from getting too cold. According to the National Energy Foundation, uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. In other words, 10% of your heating bill is going out the window! Or out the floors, really…
#6 -You can always put more on, but there is only so much you can take off!
Instead of turning up the heat in your home every time you get cold, simply put on a comfortable pair of sweatpants or a sweatshirt to stay warm while saving money. An investment in a great pair of slippers and a warm hat will go a long way, especially since the majority of a person’s heat loss goes through their feet and head.
Ultimately, the goal is to keep yourself warm and save money on heating bills. By installing a programmable thermostat, keeping furniture away from heating outlets, closing doors in rooms, utilizing space heaters, rugs, and warm clothing, you will not only stay warm this winter but you will save money.
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