Have you put those fleece sheets on your bed, brought out the heavy winter flannel and extra warm slippers? Fall is here and little by little you may see that heat bill start to rise. Here are a few tips to keep it as low as possible and hopefully keep some of that cash in your pocket instead.
- Bundle up. We know it sounds simple, but adding additional layers can prevent you from cranking up the heat. Socks, slippers, sweaters and fleece are your best friends.
- Get a programmable thermostat. You may think these are expensive or difficult to set up, but not so! These are actually a great way to reduce costs because you can set the heat to be lowered when you aren’t in the house. And, they aren’t very expensive!
- Proper Maintenance. Keep your fireplaces, furnaces and ventilation fans properly maintained. Keeping things working properly will ensure that you get the best performance.
- Check the water heater temperature – by decreasing this slightly you may see big savings. You don’t have to go crazy but something like a 20 degree change will pay dividends.
- Check the thermostat temperature. Turning down your thermostat just a few degrees can shave significant money off your heating bill. You won’t notice the difference in the home, but you’ll notice the savings in your wallet!
- Close it up. Keep doors and windows closed and well insulated. Make sure the flue is closed if you have a fireplace!
- Weather stripping. If you have any window or door air leaks some simple weather stripping and caulking can certainly help. A simple way to check if you have a leak? Light a candle and hold it near the windows. If you see smoke moving in a horizontal direction then you have found a leak. Seal it up.
- Switch to ductless heat. You can find great savings in switching to ductless heat! We’d love to help you discover how much this would cost for your home, give us a call! We have a $250 off special going on this month.
- Avoid takeout. Okay, what we mean is….cook at home. Turning on the oven is sure to heat things up in your home. You can even keep the door open while showering to let the heat and steam spread throughout the house. Simple things you are already doing can help raise the temperature.
- Investigate. Make sure heaters are not being blocked. Walk around your home both inside and out and make sure none of your heat vents are being blocked. This will help with the best air flow possible
Have you tried any of these tips? We’d love to hear what difference they’ve made in your home!