6 Brilliant Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter
Electricity and fuel prices will always rise. It’s simply inevitable! And while you don’t need the latest and greatest furnace or boiler every year, there are a few things you can do annually to reduce your heating bill and keep more dollar bills in your pocket.
Here’s some of our favorite strategies to save money on heating over the winter months. Let us know what you think, and contact H&S when your furnace needs repairs, maintenance or an upgrade!
1. Lower The Thermostat
Being comfortable in your home is a must, so turning your thermostat down to 50° F isn’t going to happen. But turning it down just a few degrees, say 70° F instead of 72° F, can save you some money. And all you have to do is wear an extra layer of clothes to make up for it!
According to energy.gov, reducing your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours per day can save you about 7-10% on your heating bill. Remember, turning the thermostat off for a few hours uses more energy than just lowering it for a few hours, so don’t do that.
So make sure you bundle up and try to set your thermostat a little lower than usual this winter.
3. Seal Chimney Flue
Leaving your chimney flue open is the same thing as leaving a window open a few inches. If you aren’t planning on starting any fires to roast chestnuts over, make sure it’s sealed up to prevent heat loss.
5. Adjust Windows & Doors
About 10-25% of your house’s heat loss can be attributed to windows and doors. To reduce this, open curtains and shades on south facing windows and doors during daylight hours to allow the sun’s heat to enter your house and warm it. Keep curtains and blinds closed at night and when the sun’s not shining on them to insulate your house and keep the heat inside. You can also place blankets over windows at night when they’re not being used to insulate even better.
Also, shut the interior doors and close the vents when you are not in a particular room for an extended period.
6. Use A Humidifier
Using a humidifier can reduce your heating costs because moist air retains heat better than dry air. There are other benefits to using a humidifier as well: they reduce static electricity (and annoying winter time shocks!), dry skin, and make it easier to breathe.