Tips For Saving Money This Winter On Your Heating Bill

If you are looking to save money, one way to do so during the winter months is to cut your heating/energy bill. Here are some tips to follow for winter savings, with easy ways for winterizing your home:

  1. Lower your thermostat. If you want to see a substantial savings in your heating bill, lowering your thermostat to at least 68 degrees during the day and even lower at night.

  2. Lower your thermostat when you are not at home. If no one is at home, there is no need to keep your house warm, right? Keep it just warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing.

  3. Use a programmable, zoned thermostat. By installing a programmable thermostat you can automatically set it to go lower at night as well as during times you are not typically at home. This makes it easier for you to save money.

  4. Stop heating areas of your home that are not being used. If you have rooms that are not used, close the heater vents and shut the doors. There is no need to waste money on heating rooms that no one uses.

  5. Make sure your furnace in good working order. If you have not had a seasonal tune up, spend the money to get it done as it could save you in the long run.

  6. Replace your furnace filter regularly. This helps to keep proper airflow and increase your fuel efficiency.

  7. Turn down your hot water heater. To have the best efficiency it should be set at 120 degrees.

  8. Use your drapes to help with heating efficiency. Make sure you open your windows during the day to let the sun shine in, which can help heat your home. Additionally, be sure to close your drapes at night to help with keeping the cold air drafts under control.

  9. Check for leaks in your home. Take the time to see where air might be leaking in, especially around vulnerable areas like windows, doors, fireplaces, etc. Replace or add weather stripping around doors and windows, use calk to fill in holes, etc.

  10. If you have storm windows, use them. Storm windows can help keep the draft out and if you don’t have them consider using plastic window coverings.

  11. Keep heating vents clear. Make sure you don’t have anything blocking your vents.

  12. Have your heater ducts cleaned. If your ducts are clogged, you will be paying more to heat your home.

  13. Install a low flow shower head. This can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your hot water.


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