Utility bills can be expensive, especially during the cold season. In some places, homeowners spend as much as 40% of their electricity costs on heating the home. Installing solar panels and using the sun’s energy is a great way to save money on the power bill. However, if you don’t have solar power, there are other ways to lower your heating costs.
Program the Thermostat to Lower Your Heating Costs
Adjusting your thermostat is an easy way to reduce your heating costs. One study shows that you can save up to 10% each year by lowering your thermostat’s setting by just a few degrees.
If you are going to be away at work all day, there is no need to keep your empty house at 74 degrees. Turning down the thermostat while you’re away will translate to substantial energy savings. Lowering the temperature by a few degrees at bedtime will also save money. Your family members will be warm under their blankets and probably won’t notice the home is a few degrees cooler.
So that you don’t have to keep track of when to lower or increase your thermostat settings, buy a smart thermostat. This thermostat can be programmed to make the changes you want automatically, any time of day. You can even make adjustments remotely using an app on your smartphone.
Seal Gaps and Cracks
Gaps and openings around your windows and doors allow cold air in your home. As a result, you spend more money on energy as your system works to maintain the set temperature. To lower your heating costs, seal these cracks with caulk or weatherstripping to eliminate airflow between the indoors and outside.
Service the Furnace
Schedule a furnace inspection and tune-up at least annually. A service technician will visit your home and make sure the furnace is functioning efficiently.
Replace your air filter every 30 to 90 days to improve the efficiency of your unit and extend its lifespan. A clean filter allows air to pass through freely and your system won’t have to work as hard to circulate temperature-controlled air through the home.
Insulate Windows to Lower Your Heating Costs
According to a study by Energy.gov, with the right window coverings, you can reduce heat loss by up to 10%. Install curtains and/or blinds to cover your windows. Open the blinds during the day to allow the sun to heat your living spaces. Close the blinds after the sun goes down to keep warm air in the home.
Stay Comfortable for Less Money
Most homeowners spend a lot on energy bills, especially during the winter. Simple steps like programming your thermostat, servicing your furnace, and sealing gaps and cracks will help you lower your heating costs while staying warm this season.