Ways To Reduce Your Heating Bill
With this being one of the coldest winters in recent memory, the following tips may be a bit overdue, but certainly worth your while as a homeowner or even as a tenant. As everyone knows - when the temperature outside begins to fall, our heating bills quickly start to rise. For many homeowners, keeping their house warm in the winter means paying a hefty heating bill - Pam and I are right there with you. Fortunately, there are some ways to help reduce those costs and keep a little extra cash in your pocket for a rainy (and warmer) day.
Open up those blinds! Even though it may be cold outside, the sun still tries to peak through on occasion. When it does, make sure to open your curtains and/or blinds in order to welcome the sun's heat into your home. This will help to add a touch of warmth to help keep your heating costs down. After all, the time for seeking shade from the sunlight is in the summer.
Check your Water Heater Temp! Did you know that the settings on your water heater could be affecting your heating bill? It's true. Check your owner's manual or ask a local expert about the ideal settings for your water heater which, if turned down, may still be able to heat your water adequately while reducing your heating bill.
Have you checked your 'R' Value lately? Insulation is used to maintain your home's temperature. Some houses, especially older ones, may require additional insulation to keep the cold air out during the winter and the warm air in. The latter is especially important if your goal is to lower your heating bills. Check with a local insulation professional about upgrading or replacing your outdated insulation.
Adjust that thermostat! Turning the thermostat down when the house is empty or at night (when you can snuggle up under the covers) will help to reduce your heating costs. We have installed programmable thermostats in order to better control our home's temperature and have certainly noticed the difference.
Window Woes? If you feel a cold draft near your windows, chances are good that it isn't the only direction that the air is flowing. Specifically, air leaks or gaps in your window can cause the warm air to leave your home, which can result in a rising heat bill. If you notice a draft, use caulk to seal the area or hire a professional to repair any cracks or imperfections that may be causing an airflow problem.
Now that you know how to keep your heating costs down, it's important to note a certain amount of fresh air must be able to enter the home in order to prevent a buildup of moisture, which could lead to mold during the winter. In other words, don't prevent a natural airflow by making your home excessively airtight.