9 Easy Tips to Lower Your Home’s Heating Bill for the Winter
As the short days continue into the New Year, we have yet to experience the coldest months of the year. Like most homeowners, we’ve started to notice our heating bill slowly getting higher. Luckily, there are some simple steps renters and homeowners can take to lower their heating bill. Simply put, saving money on your heating bills revolves around making furnaces more efficient and sealing your home more efficiently to trap the heat that’s generated.
Whether you’re looking for some low cost steps or making a larger renovation investments read our tips below.
Low Cost, Easy Steps
1. Turn down the thermostat. Okay, this is kind of an obvious one, and sorry for the lack of creativity. But this is the simplest to save on heating costs. Put on some layers, and wool socks to go with your slippers. However turning the thermostat down by just a single degree (and leaving it there) can make a huge difference on your heating bill. Roughly 10 percent is saved annually by adjusting the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its usual setting for 8 hours per day according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Pull out an electric blanket. Again, seems relatively simple, because it is, but this can save massive amounts on your heating bill when you can turn down the thermostat at night. There are all kinds of energy efficient electric blankets today. 15 minutes before bed, place it on top of your bed and turn it on. Climb in bed and turn off the electric blanket. The warmth should last all night.
3. Utilize the sun. Open your home’s blinds and curtains that face the sun during the day. Leave the oven open after use. Get creative in harnessing free heat!
Medium Cost, Slightly Technical Tips
4. Get your furnace tuned-up. This should be done every year and is well worth the investment. It saves money on your heating bill and expands your furnace’s life. Tune-ups involve cleaning and instrument adjustments. This is what dictates furnace efficiency, Tune-ups also act as preventative measures. It is the easiest way to combat small furnace issues before they evolve into large, costly problems.
5. Seal your home’s drafts. Locating drafts, or openings in your home is easy. There are products such as handheld draft detectors, or you can use an age old draft detector, a lit candle. Turn off your heater, make sure no windows are open, and walk around slowly and look for disturbances in the flame. This will locate where outside air is entering the home. Once you find these drafts, repair them by replacing weather stripping or using spray foam insulation.
6. Use a space heater. This works best if you’re in one area of the home. Simply use the space heater to heat the area of the home you’re in, and turn down the thermostat for the rest of the house.
Larger Investment Tips
7. Replace and upgrade your furnace to a newer model. Furnace technology continues to improve every year. If your heater is older than 10 years, this is likely the largest way you can save on your heating bill. Speak with our HVAC techs to get the latest information on models, potential savings, and a replacement quote.
8. Replace the attic’s insulation. Attic floor insulation is a major element in preventing heat loss. Over time, insulation breaks down, loses its volume, and becomes less adept at trapping heat, as well as trapping cool air in the summer time. To measure your attic’s insulation volume, simply stick a tape measure through the insulation to the attic floor — fewer than 12 inches means it’s time for replacement.
9. Conduct a home energy audit. These types of inspections involve energy professionals who search for every air leak and sources of energy inefficiency using industry technology. It’s an extensive test that produces a detailed report of the steps you can take to maximize your household energy efficiency.
10. Go solar. At the end of the day, solar is the best way to help reduce your energy bill over all. Call the professionals at smart72 HEATING | COOLING | SOLAR to get more information on whether or not solar is the right option for you.
For help with these steps or any others, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local HVAC experts here at smart72.