No one likes paying high heating bills during the winters. However, when given the choice between paying the bill and shivering all winter, you have no other option but to pay the bill. The good news is that you can significantly cut heating bills by taking a few simple steps.
From setting the thermostat to lower temperature to annual furnace maintenance, the following energy saving advice will allow you to cut heating bills significantly every winter.
1. Cover the Windows
You can save a lot in heating bills by simply covering the windows with heavy drapes. This will allow you to set a lower temperature and still be warm and comfortable. Apart from using heavy drapes, you should also consider covering inside window frames with clear plastic sheet. Covering the window will prevent cold drafts from entering inside thereby ensuring increased energy efficiency.
2. Seal the air leaks
Another simple tip to reduce the need for increasing the furnace temperature is by sealing all the leaks inside the house. Sealing the leaks will result in less need of setting a high temperature thereby saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Consider getting your house energy audit by a professional energy auditor, which will cost you anywhere from $250 to $800. The auditor will run a blower test to find the leaks. Also, you can perform your own low tech test for the draft using an incense stick. Turn on the home’s exhaust fans and hold the stick near doors, electrical outlets, and windows. In case the smoke blows sideways, it indicates a leak that should be plugged using caulk, weather stripping, or insulating with expandable foam.
3. Wear warm clothes inside the house
A simple way to reduce the home heating bill is by wearing warm clothes. As a result, you can set the thermostat below 65° F. Every degree that you set lower will result in increased savings for you. The inconvenience in wearing warm clothes will be worth it in the end as it will help in greatly reducing the energy bills.
4. Regular furnace maintenance
Regular maintenance of the furnace will allow the heater to work efficiently throughout the winter. It’s recommended that you have the system maintained by a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified technician.
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