4 Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs

4 Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs

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Regardless of the size of your home, winter heating costs can quickly get out of hand. While you might not be able to lower the price of electricity, there are a lot of things you can do to lower your bill. The following tips will not only help you conserve energy, but they’ll help you save money too.

Stop Drafts

Some drafts are obvious, like cold air felt around improperly sealed windows and doorframes. If you can see daylight around or under a door or window or feel cold air seeping through, consider purchasing some caulking or door weather strip (as appropriate) to seal any gaps. Heat loss can also occur through holes and cracks in an attic or roof or from poorly-sealed fireplace dampers, so inspect these areas as well.

Change Those Filters

To keep your furnace or heat pump in ship-shape, be sure to change the filter regularly. A clean filter means your heating unit won’t have to work as hard at circulating air, which means more money saved for you. Not to mention, a cleaner filter will result in cleaner air, so you’ll be saving money and making your home’s air a little easier to breathe.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Although you might enjoy a toasty house, those extra degrees of warmth can really take a bite out of your savings. Try turning down your thermostat even a couple of degrees while you’re home, and even more while you’re asleep or away at work. Throwing on an extra sweater while you’re around the house or another blanket while you sleep will keep you cozy even if the house is cooler, and it will also save you some cash. Consider using a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to set a daily temperature schedule that will run automatically and save you money with hardy any effort.

Improve Home Circulation

If you have ceiling fans, turn them in reverse in the wintertime so they drive hot air from the ceiling and back down into the rest of your home. Using fans will help even out temperatures throughout your home. This is especially helpful if you have a fire-heated home or radiator heating, which might not circulate heat evenly without some help. If you don’t have ceiling fans installed, even a few floor fans will help keep warm air moving through your home in the winter.

Saving on heating costs isn’t as complicated as it might seem. By sealing your home properly, keeping the warm air flowing right and turning down the heat just a bit, your savings will really start to add up.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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