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How to Save Money on Heating

February, 28th, 2013

I realize we’re in the middle of winter, but we still have a few cold weeks left and a chance for extra heating costs and utility bills. Previously, winter heating costs used to upset your finances, but now you can employ different methods to lessen expenses and still enjoy a warm home. To save heavy amounts on heating costs this winter, you just need to introduce a few improvements in your home and lifestyle.

 

Insulate your Home

Make sure that all the doors and windows in your home are properly closed. There are a few places in a home that people just ignore to check. For instance, the attic, fireplaces, and dryer vents are the spots that you may forget to properly seal.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Try to replace your existing non-programmable thermostat with a programmable one. Programmable thermostats enable you to program your temperature settings according to your own requirements. A programmable thermostat also allows you to avoid manual adjustment of your thermostat as human involvement can lead to different errors. Its automatic adjustment feature ensures efficient energy consumption, even when no one is at home.

Use Less Heat at Night

A majority of people excessively heat their homes at night because of greater exterior temperatures. You can save hefty amounts this winter if you turn down the heating system once you are ready to sleep. Moreover, use heavier blankets to protect yourself against the cold. While sleeping, your body produces its own heat which further reduces the need of house heating.

Improve your Heating System

Installing a new heating system may save you hundreds of dollars per year simply due to their improved efficiencies. Make sure to compare the efficiency of multiple heating systems as each has its own set of features. Some systems offer special heating controls and thermostatic valves that help to maintain an appropriate temperature in all parts of your home.

Use a Space Heater

Rather than using a main heating system for your entire home, you can utilize efficient space heaters in particular rooms. Besides being less expensive, such individual space heaters are quick to heat up a room.

Allow the Sunlight in

For most people, the winter season means closed windows, curtains, and blinds. Open your blinds and curtains during the day to allow heat and natural light to warm your entire home. You can maintain the temperature of your home at night by closing the curtains.

Utilization of the above mentioned techniques may enable you to save significant amounts on heat this winter.