With fall in full swing and winter lurking just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your heating system. The switch from cooling to heating your home can have a huge impact on your energy bill. However, it’s possible, with just a few tips we’ve listed here, to drastically reduce your heating bill.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your heating bill is to turn down your thermostat. While it’s not a good idea to leave your home at freezing temperatures, simply turning down the thermostat a few degrees can have a huge impact on your heating bill. In fact, in general, you will save 3% on your heating bill for every degree you go down.
One of the easiest ways to lower the temperature in your home is with a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can instruct your heater to lower the temperature during the hours of the day when it’s not as needed (i.e. when you are at work or while you are sleeping). By lowering the temperature in your home 10 degrees while you are gone at work and while you are sleeping, you can save around 14%.
If you want the financial benefit of lowering your thermostat but are leery of your home becoming too cold, try using a humidifier. Humidity helps the air feel warmer, so when you use a humidifier, your home will feel warmer even when it’s set to a lower temperature.
Once you have your temperature levels set, the next important step is to make sure your home is well insulated. This means making sure the attic has adequate insulation and that any cracks in the walls, windows, or doors are covered. The less your home is insulated, the harder your heating equipment will need to work – which results in a higher bill. Weatherstripping and caulking can go a long way in reducing the amount of air leaks in your home. If you have a door that is particularly drafty, consider placing a blanket or other buffer at the bottom.
Some final tips include making use of the equipment you already have. Make sure all of your air vents are clean and clear, and are not blocked by any rugs or furniture. If you have southern facing windows, keep the curtains open during the day in order to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Just make sure to close them at sunset in order to trap the heat inside.
With a few simple steps, you can help lower your heating bill by up to 20% during the winter month. Try one or more of these actions this winter and see what sort of impact it has on your bill.