As snow and single-digit weather hit your doorsteps, it’s always good to take precautions to keep your heating bills down. Even if you’ve got good insulation in the attic, crawlspace, and in your home’s walls, the air that you’ve warmed with expensive heating devices can still escape. If kept inside, a ceiling fan can help move that warm air back down.
Your Thermostat is Your Friend
Thermostats save money when used correctly. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, they can save money when used for efficiency.
Running your heater run all day when out of the house or while sleeping can be expensive. The Department of Energy says that turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours while away can save you ten percent in heating costs. You can save even more by turning it down while sleeping!
Another way to ensure lower heating bills is to keep your heating system up to date and in good repair. If your furnace is old, an energy-efficient model could save you as much as 50% on your heating costs. And, remember to change your air filters regularly (monthly is not too often).
Once your system is running as it should, keep your bills down by adding some extra insulation. Rugs over your hardwood floors will keep the warm air inside and your feet warm. Doors and windows also bleed warm air and let frigid air inside.
Silicone calking is handy for filling any cracks along your windowsills and doors. Insulation strips are also great for doors, and a rolled-up towel can keep the coldest winds outside. Inside, partially close vents in rooms that aren’t used to keep the airflow moving where you want it!