Does the thought of your heating bills in the winter send a shiver down your spine? If so, you may be paying too much to heat your house in the colder months. The good news is that a few simple changes can make your house warmer while saving you money.
Sure, you can add attic insulation and make the switch to energy-efficient windows, which we recommend, but you can save those for the future. There are easy money-saving techniques that you can start implementing today that are affordable and easy to do.
1. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are wonderful inventions and every house should have one. They let you preset temperatures for various times throughout the day. For example, you can set it so it’s around 60 degrees during the night while you sleep and 68 degrees while your family us taking showers and getting ready for work and school. While you’re out for the day, you can set it for 60 degrees. And again, from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm, you can set it for a comfortable 68 degrees while you’re settling in for the evening.
2. Be aware of heat-loss when you use the fireplace.
There’s nothing like cozying up to the fireplace with your significant other, a hot cup of cocoa or tea and a good book, but be aware that when the fireplace damper is open, it lets a lot of heat escape from the home. When you don’t have a fire going, be sure to close the flue.
When you have a roaring fire, it exhausts over 20,000 cubic feet of warm air per hour. It’s nice and warm by the fire, but as the heated air escapes the chimney, it’s replaced by cold air that is sucked down the chimney and dispersed throughout the house.
As that cold air is being heated, it’s costing you money. If you can’t resist a fire, you can save money on your heating bill by installing glass fireplace doors, which prevents large amounts of heated air from escaping after the fire has burned out.
3. Move furniture so it’s away from vents and radiators.
If your living room or bedroom is unreasonably cold, it could simply be a matter of the couch or bed blocking the flow of heat from coming into the room. This makes for a cold room and you’re throwing money down the drain. If you have a forced-air system and the supply or return vent is blocked, it can disrupt the heat flow throughout the entire system.
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