Managing your Heating Bill with a Few Small Changes

Are you one of those homeowners who have been shocked by your heating bill? To ease your troubles, we have a few steps you can take to save some money by making your furnace more efficient and your home sealed.

Lower the thermostat. This is probably the most obvious, but just by reducing your heat by a single degree can greatly decrease your costs. If you reduce the temperature between 7 to 10 degrees from its usual setting, you can save as much as 10 percent on your heating costs, according to the Department of Energy. It doesn’t hurt to bundle up a little more to spend a little less.

Use an electric blanket. Refer to our previous post about heating with electric blankets. If you’re turning the thermostat down for the night, place a heating blanket on top of your bed and leave it on for 15 minutes before you get in, then turn it off and climb in. The heat is conserved long enough for you to fall asleep.

Use the sun. During the day, keep blinds and curtains open on sun-facing windows. You’ll notice a significant increase in temperature, plus you never turn down free heat and Vitamin D!

And if you’re still not satisfied…

Have your furnace tuned up. This is something that should be done annually. The cleaning and instrument adjustments can make a real difference in your furnace efficiency. A tune-up will catch small problems before they become expensive ones.

Seal your drafts. You can usually tell where drafts exist, either by touch, or a draft detecter. Most drafts can be stopped with weather stripping and/or spray foam insulation. If you’re in a pinch and need to seal something immediately, there are makeshift sealers like towels, draft guards, and sometimes really good packing tape.

Use a space heater. If you spend most of your time in one area of your home, you can save energy by heating your area with a space heater and turning the thermostat down for the rest of the house.

If you find that you need more assistance, give us a call and we can come address any issues you may be having.