Once again, it’s the time of year when the sudden spike in your monthly heating bill leaves you feeling cold inside. But you do not have to live with the increased prices. There are various ways you can reduce your heating costs. The tips that will be most useful to you will vary depending on your heating system, location, and lifestyle, but by applying even a few of them, you can save money and stay warm.
- Bundle Up
If you don’t mind adding a sweatshirt and slippers to your around-the-house fashion ensemble, you can save a few bucks by layering up instead of turning up the heat when you are chilly.
- Change Settings While You Sleep
You don’t need to keep the whole house toasty while you snooze. The U.S. Department of energy estimates that you can save ten percent on your yearly heating bills by lowering the thermostat ten degrees for eight hours a day. So turn down the heat, cuddle up with some extra blankets, and have sweet dreams of saving money.
- Make Sure Vents Are Clear
If your vents are blocked by furniture or other objects, you will need to turn your heat up higher in order to heat your room sufficiently. So make sure the space in front of your vents is clear to maximize air flow.
- Seal Cracks
By properly weatherizing, you can eliminate heat loss through small cracks in your house. You can use caulk to seal cracks in walls and other stationary parts of your house. Weatherstripping seals leaks in movable pieces, like doors and windows.
- Cover Windows With Plastic Wrap
This is a simple and inexpensive way to save a lot. Covering your windows reduces the amount of heat lost through them, but since the wrap is clear, you will barely notice a difference in your view. There are various DIY window wrap kits available at hardware stores, and by using them you’ll end up slashing your bills by about 14 percent.
- Get a Furnace Tune-up
It may seem like an up-front cost you don’t want to pay, but treating your furnace to preventative maintenance will help it run more efficiently. This will save you money each month, as well as help prevent any huge costs incurred from major repairs. Some companies, like Reimer HVAC, even have seasonal promotional specials to help you save money on your tune-up. This is an important investment in your furnace’s long-term health.
- Upgrade to a Hybrid System
Hybrid cooling and heating systems use smart technology to regulate your home’s temperature. They sense what temperature your home needs to be and turn on the gas or electric according to which is more cost effective. In the winter, this can save you up to 33% on heating costs. You can also program these thermostats to change their settings according to the time of day, so you don’t have to remember to turn down the heat night after night. Upgrading your system is an investment that will pay for itself many times over.
These are just a few of many ways to reduce your heating bill. With some extra effort and thoughtfulness, you can save money on heating and have more money for fun activities, like seeing Star Wars—again.