5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter
November 28, 2016
November 28, 2016
For most homeowners, a drop in outdoor temperatures means an increase in the heating bill. As chilly weather returns to the east, it’s time to start thinking smart about heating costs and winter energy conservation.
Here are five top tips to lower your heating bill this winter season:
- Install a Programmable Thermostat. Programmable thermostats can save hundreds of dollars on your annual heating bill, and replacing a manual thermostat with an electronic, programmable unit is simple and inexpensive. Many homeowners can handle the installation without professional help (and home improvement stores will often help you, inexpensively, if you’re not confident in your DIY abilities).
- Close Curtains or Shutters at Night, and Open Them In Daylight Hours. Window coverings like curtains or shutters provide insulation and help prevent nighttime heat loss through your windows. During daylight hours, open your curtains and shutters so sunlight can enter, warming the interior of the house.
- Turn the Water Heater Down to 120 Degrees. Reducing the setting on your water heater to 120 degrees can save up to ten percent on your home’s annual water heating costs. Most people can’t even tell the difference between water heated to 120 degrees and 140 (the maximum temperature on most water heaters) – but you can see the difference on your monthly electric bill.
- Replace Worn Weather Stripping Around Doors and Windows. Warm air leaks out any available opening, including the spaces around the edges of your doors and windows. Replacing old, worn, or damaged weather stripping can have a measureable effect on your heating bill, and reduces drafts through doors and windows too.
- Clean and Unblock Vents and Ventilation Ducts. Blocked vents and air ducts can reduce air circulation and prevent much-needed heat from reaching your home. Before winter sets in, inspect all visible vents and move furniture and rugs away from openings, ensuring the free flow of air. (Be sure to check floor vents behind the furniture, too.) Arrange for professional cleaning of the air ducts, too. Clean ducts can lower your heating costs and improve air quality in your home.
In addition to these tips, smart homeowners should keep a sharp eye on doors, roofs, and windows, watching for places where heat can escape and blocking or repairing leaks as soon as possible. Consider new insulation in your roof or attic if the existing insulation is old or damaged. By paying a little extra attention to these helpful tips, you may save hundreds of dollars on your winter heating bill.