As winter fast approaches, you might be concerned with the cost of heating your home. Energy bills are usually one of the biggest expenses during the winter months as you try to heat your home during the freezing temperatures. In this economy, it can be very hard to pay an enormous heating bill that you could incur during the winter so you need to know how to trim the cost. If you are looking for some ways you can cut down on winter heating bills this year, here are five great suggestions.
1. The first thing you might want to do to cut down your heating bills is to turn your thermostat down a little. For every degree that you decrease your thermostat by you can save up to three percent on your heating bill. One way to decrease your thermostat is to turn it down 10 or 15 degrees during the day while you are at work. Turning your thermostat down by 10 degrees during the day can save you a lot of money on your heating bill since it will not be running as much. You could choose to turn the thermostat down a few degrees all of the time or just simply turn it down while you are gone. If you normally turn the thermostat on when you get home, you could try to just turn it on before you go to bed and then turn it off when you leave for work in the morning. By simply turning the thermostat down so it is not running all day, you can save money during the winter without sacrificing your comfort.
2. You should also think about turning the temperature down on your water heater to save money on your heating bills. If you just lower your water heater temperature a few degrees, you could save a lot of money each month. Lowering your water heater temperature to about 115 degrees Fahrenheit will lower the time it takes to heat the water and it will not be a noticeable change overall. The lower your water heater temperature is, the less time it will take to heat the water which will cut down energy costs.
3. You should also keep your heating vents clear in order to save money on your heating bills this winter. Vents that are blocked by furniture or carpeting can make it impossible for the heated air to circulate correctly. Make sure that nothing is blocking the heating vents so that the proper heat can circulate in the room and it will keep you from turning up the thermostat.
4. Use curtains and shades to help keep your room heated at night is also a great way to save money. During the day, you should open the blinds and curtains so that the sunlight can become a natural heater to heat your home. At night, close the curtains and blinds so that the heat does not escape the area and it will essentially trap the heat like a small furnace. Before you leave for work in the morning, make sure the south-facing curtains are open, which is the area that will see the most sunlight during the day for best results.
5. Making sure that you have winterized your windows is also a great way to save money on your winter heating bills. If you can not afford storm windows because of the cost, there is a simple thing you can do to get nearly the same energy savings. You can buy plastic film at your local home improvement store for about six dollars a roll to use on the windows. You should cover each window on the outside that you do not mind having the view obstructed for a few months and then use staples to hold the plastic on the windows. The plastic film is a great way to keep the windows from rattling in the winter and it will go a long way in keeping out the cold drafts. You could put the plastic on side doors such as the garage or porch and it can reduce the draft if your doors do not seal properly. The plastic roll should cover about three windows, so you should use math to determine how many rolls you will need based on window size and quantity. The plastic method might not look the most attractive but in this economy even doing small things can help reduce heating costs during the winter.