Winter is creeping up on us and temperatures are already dropping. This means now is the time to start thinking about how to lower your heating bill this winter. There are so many low or no cost things you can do to prevent your bill from getting out of control.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Weatherize your house. Look for any places where there may be small cracks and heat can escape. Replace any weather-stripping on doors and windows. Seal up leaks with silicone caulking.
2. Change filters on heaters. If your heater has to work harder to keep your home warm, this creates an unnecessary rise in your bill.
3. Don’t rely solely on your home’s heating system to keep you warm. Rather than cranking the heat up, put on layers and wear slippers. Wrap up in a blanket.
4. Keep your home at a consistent temperature. When your heater is not working overtime having to compensate for large temperature drops within your home, it works more efficiently.
5. Use curtains. There are several on the market that will help keep warm air in at night, not allowing it to escape as fast. Also, opening the curtains on sunny days can help get heat into your home.
6. Use fans. This may sound silly as you are not trying to keep cool, but the use of a fan right near a heater will distribute your heat faster and more evenly.
7. Add door sweeps. These are amazing at keeping heat in. Under your door is a big heat leak and keeping them fitted with a door sweep will save you a lot. This fix is cheap, about $3-$5 and installs in just a minute.
8. Turn down your water heater. Keeping it below 120 degrees Fahrenheit will save you money and you probably won’t even notice a difference.
9. Cover your windows with plastic covering made just for them. They will not only keep in heat, but stop them from rattling in heavy winter winds.
How do you keep warm once the temperature drops and stay on or under budget doing it?