During the frigid winter months, heating bills in many homes often go through the roof. Here are some tips to reduce your heating bills during the cold season.
Reduce Cold Drafts into Your Home
Caulk around window frames, door frames and any other seams on the outside of the house to seal them. This also saves money year-round as moisture can seep in and cause some serious damage to your walls. Make sure your attic hatch is sealed and locked down by a couple of small hooks.
Don’t Waste Warm Air on Your Ceiling
Switch ceiling fans over to the opposite way of turning (most fans will have a switch at the top or around the base) this way of turning pulls down warm air from the ceiling to keep it circulating instead of sitting near the ceiling.
Maintain your Heating System
Make sure to keep your heating system well-maintained. If properly maintained heaters will work more efficiently and last longer. A properly maintained heating system can also save the life of the occupants of the house. When a heater malfunctions it can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning fires. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions around 6,000 fires and $47 million in damaged property annually are linked to an poorly maintained heating systems.
If you have a guest bedroom or some other room not being used for long stretches of time, close the vents to those rooms. Tape a plastic cover to wall, ceiling and floor vents and put a towel under the doors to seal the room off as much as possible.
Turn Down the Thermostat
Turn down the thermostat by five degrees to cut heating bills. If you reduce it 5 degrees more, then you can expect better savings at the end of the month.
Let in some light
Open blinds on south-facing windows during the day to let in the sun. Close them in the evening to add a bit more insulation.
Use rugs on bare floors
Bare floors can become cold in the morning and at night, especially during the winter season. An area rug helps to keep your feet warmer.
Use an electric blanket
There’s no need to heat the entire house when you’re asleep. In fact, there’s no need to even heat your bedroom. An electric blanket is cheaper and cozier. Look for a blanket with dual-controls.
Don’t Heat Unused Space
If you have a guest bedroom or some other room not being used for long stretches of time, close the vents to those rooms. Tape a plastic cover to wall, ceiling and floor vents and put a towel under the doors to seal off as much as possible.
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