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.

2. Reverse Ceiling Fans

You might think ceiling fans are just for the summer, but they can help save you money in the winter too!

Because the heat in your home rises, reversing your ceiling fan (at a low setting) sucks the cold air up, which pushes the hot air back down. This will actually make your home feel warmer, which allows you to lower the thermostat temperature and decrease the use of heating devices. Remember, clockwise in the winter, counterclockwise in the summer.

Most fan models have a small switch to reverse the direction. You might have to remove a few screws to find it, but it should be there.

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.

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4. Keep Vents & Radiators Clear, Clean

Whether you have baseboard heating, vents or radiators, keep furniture away as the furniture can absorb heat, raising your bill. You should also move furniture or other objects away so that the air can flow freely, giving your home the full benefit of the energy you are using.

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.