10 money-saving tips to keep your heating bills low
With the holidays in sight, you might be planning on spending a lot of money on gifts for your family and friends. The last thing you want to do is overspend on keeping your home warm.
How to save energy and money during heater season
The top priorities for heating any home should be safety, reliability and energy efficiency. Choosing the right Space heaters along with some do-it-yourself ingenuity to winterize your home will help you save energy and money during this heater season. Here are a few simple tricks to save on your heating bills in the looming winter.
1. Set your heat to 68 degrees
You should try to keep the temperature of your home at this level while awake at home. To many people, this is the ideal home temperature. To others, getting used to a 68-degree home might take some adjusting. Until you are used to this temperature, grab a blanket, a hot cup of tea and your softest slippers.
2. Lower the temperature when you go to sleep
You can keep your heating bills low even more by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower when you’re going to sleep. Your pajamas and blankets should keep you warm throughout the night.
3. Lower the temperature when you go to work or on vacation
According to Energy.gov, individuals who lower their thermostat between 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can experience up to 10 percent savings annually on their heating and cooling systems. When you go to work, keep your temperature low, as you won’t be home to enjoy the warmth.
If you’re going on vacation, turn your thermostat down to 55 degrees. This optimal temperature will keep your heating bills low while maintaining a high enough temperature to prevent your pipes from freezing.
4. Use curtains for more than decorations
Thick floor-to-ceiling curtains can prevent window drafts in the winter. This simple, inexpensive way to keep your heating bills low can make a significant difference. Make sure you know which curtains to keep open and which ones to close during the day, as south-facing windows typically allow a substantial amount of sunlight in, as explained by Liberty Mutual. Solar heating is free and highly effective.
5. Change your air filters
If your heating filters are dirty, your furnace and heat pump might have to work harder. This extra exertion can cause a dramatic increase in your heating bill. Depending on how much your heater runs, try to change yours every 1 to 3 months to keep your heating system in proper working order.
6. Run your fans in reverse
You might only think to use your ceiling fans in the summer months when you are trying to keep your home cool. Did you know that ceiling fans can also conserve the heat in your home? If you run your fan backward, any warm air collected along your ceiling will be circulated down to ground level. Science dictates that heat rises, but proper air circulation in your home can combat this norm.
7. Upgrade your heating unit
If your heating system isn’t working the way it used to, you might be in line for an upgrade. Modern heaters come in different shapes, sizes and efficiency levels. Not ready to replace your entire heating system? Maybe a space heater can help. Shop among Lasko’s vast selection of portable heaters to find the right heater for your home.
8. Get a heater you can trust
A good space heater isn’t just ETL-listed (which means it’s certified for safety) or easy to turn on with a remote control. When looking for energy efficiency in a space heater, you’ll want to find features like thermostats and timers, which let you precision-set how warm you want your space. Using a ceramic space heater to warm the room you’re in is a great way to save energy in your home to begin with, so make the most of your energy efficiency with a smart, safe and trusted model.
9. Take steps to winterize your home
Winterizing your home may sound like a major project, but as a series of basic projects at The Daily Green makes clear, it doesn’t have to be. Take on these small DIY efforts over the course of a few weeks and you’ll be on your way to saving power:
- Reset your home thermostat: Use your programmable home thermostat, or install one. Once set, it automatically remembers to turn the heat down for you. For each degree lower, you can save 1-3 percent off your heating costs.
- Get out the storm doors and windows: Your window and doors’ mesh screens aren’t doing your home much good in winter. Replace them with storm doors and windows to cut down on costs dramatically and retain heat.
- Seal your doors and windows: Approximately 30 percent of a home’s heating energy gets lost through windows, as reported by Energy.gov. Mending this issue can be as simple as taking a trip to your local hardware store. Purchasing and applying weather strips to drafty windows and doors can help keep your warm air inside.
- Caulk and weatherstrip leaky windows: According to the DOE, basic leaks around your windows can do as much damage to energy efficiency as door drafts. Seal up gaps with calking or weatherstripping to save energy and money.
- Put on a sweater: Sometimes the best protection from a chilly night is just a thick, wooly sweater, pointed out the news source.
10. Consider an energy audit
DIY home energy conservation is a great start, but you may want to consider calling in the professionals. Not only can they give you further tips for your portable heater, but an energy auditor will tour your house and tell you exactly what’s in need of fixing up for maximum efficiency. Call up your utility company to ask about energy auditors in your area – many times, the company will even foot the audit bill.
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