Wintertime energy bills can be shocking and even almost painful. Trust me i know. If you want to try to save energy and lessen those expensive bills then try using some of these handy tips.
1. The first thing you should consider is your thermostat. While you may think it is just something you can use to turn your heating up and down it can also be used to save energy. Read the manual to get a good scope on using the device and program it to either turn off or become much cooler at around the same time you go to work. You can also use the same programming to set it to warm the house before you arrive. This saves energy as you do not have to keep the house heated all day so that you can come home to a warm house.
2. Try checking around your windows and doors. If their is air coming through then you are also loosing heat which causes your heater to work more. Try buying silicone and edging your windows and doors. If you don’t know how to do this you should probably hire a professional, a little extra money is worth the better results.
3. When staying in one room of the house for extended periods of time either turn the heating on the rest of the house down or off. Be sure to close the door to the room you are in to prevent heat from escaping. Also if you take a towel and place it along the bottom of your door this will also prevent heat from escaping.
4. Use natural heating whenever possible, on sunny days open curtains and let sunshine in. This actually creates a significantly warmer room while also making it more pleasant at the same time.
5. Weatherstrip your doors windows and basement. This prevents cold air and water from coming in thus creating a more easily heatable house.
6. Check to be sure that your walls are properly insulated. They probably are. But how about your attic and roof? Usually neither have very much insulation but you can either add more yourself or hire someone to do it and literally save hundreds on the heating bill. Heat rises up so more of your heat may escape from your roof than you know.