Utility bills aren’t getting any cheaper and with record cold temperatures being predicted for this winter, there has to be a way to stay warm this winter without burning through money.
- Use the sun for free heat. The sun is hot, very hot. Even if the weather is cold, sunlight through glass can warm up a room fairly well (think of greenhouses). Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside.
- Put on a sweater. Despite the risk of sounding like your father, it is the simplest way of keeping heating costs down. Instead of turning the heat up, put on a cozy winter sweater and warm socks. Keep throw blankets on your couch, and add an area rug to insulate the floor.
- Ceiling fans are not just for the Summer. Homes that have better ventilation and airflow can be more energy-efficient in the summer, as well as winter months. If you have ceiling fans in your home you have more control over ventilation than you know. Fans were originally designed to keep cool air down by drawing warm air up. By running your fan clockwise you will trap heat inside and keep your rooms warmer during cooler months. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.
- Adjust the thermostat at night.
You can save about 10% on your energy bill by turning your heat down at night. Throw on some extra blankets and flannel sheets to keep warm. As an added benefit, studies show that lower temperatures bring about a better and deeper sleep.
- Only heat the rooms you use. If you have rooms that you never use, like guest rooms or large storage areas, close and seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy-efficient and direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most. If Aunt Millie comes to visit a small space heater can be used so she doesn’t freeze.
- Keep your furnace maintained. Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption and help you save. Check your furnace filter monthly, and replace it when it gets dirty. Replacing an inefficient furnace or boiler can save you a ton of money in the long run. Ask the experts at Outstanding Plumbing, they can guide you to the best way to heat your home.
- Invest in insulation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold air in homes without proper insulation. Get some inexpensive insulation from your local home improvement store, and cover up all those areas where heat might escape. Start with foam weather stripping for your doors and windows; it’s cheap and is extremely easy to apply.
- Go gas. Oil prices are ever growing. Natural gas is a cheaper and safer alternative to oil heat. Investing in the switch can help you keep your heating bill down. Ask one of our experts if oil to gas conversion is right for you.