5 Ways to Lower Heating Costs This Winter
With cold weather comes higher energy bills. The cost of heating a home in winter can do serious financial damage if you do not monitor your energy usage. Luckily, there are various ways you can lower your heating costs and your energy bill this year. These are the changes to make to help lower those costs:
1. Only heat the rooms you use. Do you have unused rooms like a guest room or office in your home? Seal up the vents to ensure your heat isn’t going to waste in an empty space.
2. Bundle up. Add some socks, sweaters, and other warm clothes to your wardrobe to allow yourself to turn down the heat. Throw a blanket on your couch and incorporate area rugs on the floor for extra insulation.
3. Clean your furnace. Keep your furnace and vents clean and well maintained by regularly checking the filter. A clogged or dirty filter will increase your energy usage and cost you money in the long run.
4. Insulate your home. Heat can escape your house through windows and doors. Invest in insulation like window weather stripping and a door seal to keep the heat indoors and the cold outdoors. These can be purchased at your local hardware store and easily installed.
5. Adjust the thermostat when you sleep. During the winter, use flannel sheets and a warm comforter on your bed and turn down the thermostat. Turning down the temperature 10 degrees for 8 hours a day could save you 10% on your annual energy bill.