The winter months will be here before you know it, and they are getting longer and colder than ever. Subsequently, the costs of keeping a home warm and heated are also rising.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can start implementing today that will help you save money on your next heating bill. Below are 5 ways you can offset your heating costs:
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
Turning down the heating thermostat by even 1-2 degrees will save you money and energy. You will barely notice the degree change, but that one degree can help cut your heating bill by up to 5-10%. When you’re asleep or when you’re not home, turn the thermostat down by even more degrees to save energy when you need it less.
2. Dress Warmer For Winter
This is an easy one. Even while indoors, dress for cold weather. Warm slippers, blankets, sweaters, and caps will keep you toasty and comfortable. The warmer you are, the less prompted you are to turn up the thermostat.
3. Know When To Close Or Open Your Curtains
As dreary as it may look outside, it’s important to open curtains during the daytime. Opening your home to any sun will help keep the rooms warm. When nighttime hits, however, keeping curtains closed will help keep the heat in.
4. Add More Insulation
Insulation keeps heat from escaping your home. Areas to add more insulation are your home’s floors, windows, doors, walls, and an attic if you have one. It’s important to keep any cracks or gaps closed in which heat may be getting through. Keeping a well-insulated home will reduce your need for more heat.
5. Schedule Regular Heating Maintenance
One of the most cost-effective ways to cut your heating bill is to make sure the heating system you use is in top shape. Many older system models have a higher risk of breaking down when you need it most, and may be wasting energy. Regularly servicing your heating system or switching to a newer model will save you money in the long run.
Not sure if your heating system is due for maintenance or which model works best for your home? Contact us today for more information on how we can help.