10 simple tips to save on your heating bill
The condition of your home, heating system or habits can all affect your heating bill, and you may use more energy than you actually need. If you want to save money on your heating bill, you’ll need these tips to help you cut down on costs. Here are 10 tips to save!
Lower your thermostat
The thermostat setting can impact your heating bill significantly. By lowering the thermostat only a few degrees, especially at night, you can save up to 10% a year on heating.
Install smart thermostats
Replacing your old thermostats with new programmable models will make it easier for you to control the temperature in your home.
Close doors of unoccupied rooms
You don’t need to heat unused rooms in your home. To save on heating costs, close the door of the rooms you’re not using. You can also close the vents in these rooms so that the hot air from the ducts doesn’t escape.
Make sure outside doors and windows are properly closed
Heat is lost through windows and doors leading outside, especially if they aren’t tightly closed. In early winter, it’s a good idea to check all the windows and doors in your home for air leaks. Locking windows helps make them more airtight.
Prevent heat from escaping from your air ducts
Air ducts in your home can be a source of heat loss, especially if they are in uninsulated areas or in the garage. Sealing your ducts around joints can help prevent hot air from escaping.
Use sunlight to your advantage
You can use the sun’s heat to warm your home during the day. If you have blinds or curtains, open them on sunny days to enjoy the warmth and shut them at night to take advantage of their insulating effect.
Use ceiling fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, you can use them during the coldest months of the year to help distribute hot air and reduce your heating bill. To do so, reverse the fan blades so that they turn clockwise.
Improve your home’s air circulation
If your furniture is placed near or on the vents, consider moving them out of the way. Clearing the area will improve airflow, allowing the heat from the vents to distribute more easily.
Wearing warm clothes like a thick sweater, socks or slippers will keep you comfortable at home even when you turn down the heat a little.
Use the warmth from your stove
Cooking at home will not only help you save on dining out, but it could also help reduce your heating bill as the stove will heat up the kitchen. When you’re done cooking, turn off the oven and leave the door slightly open so that hot air can escape and fill the room temporarily.