8 Tips To Save On Heating Cost In The Winter
- Run ceiling fans clockwise. Run ceiling fans on a low speed forcing the warm air down into the room. This can save up to 10% in heating costs.
- Lower The Water Heater Temperature. By lowering the temperature from 140°F .(where most water heaters are set) to 120°F. can lower your heating cost 6-10%.
- Programmable Thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to easily adjust the temperature while you’re away or sleeping and save up to 30 percent on your bill, according to Energy Star.
- Rearrange The Furniture: Is your couch or box of toys blocking an air vent? Is there a book case in front of a radiator? Take a look to be sure you have good airflow around registers and radiators to increase energy efficiency. Rearranging a room can not only give the room a new look but save you some cash!
- Drop The Temperature And Put On Clothes!: The EPA recommends keeping the thermostat below 70°F during the winter (down to 68°F for max savings), even when you’re at home. Turn it down to 62°F while sleeping or away. In this penny pinching household we keep the temp at 68°F during the day and drop it down to 60°F at night. Get chilly? Listen to your grandmother and put on a sweater!
- Make sure your house is air tight – Seal air leaks at drafty doors, fireplaces and windows with caulk or weather stripping. Adding the proper amount of new insulation can pay for itself in reduced heating and cooling costs.
- Keep It Clean– Get in the habit of changing your air filters every thirty days. A clean air filter will help keep your furnace running efficiently, saving you money. Remind yourself to do it by eating a reoccurring alarm in your phone! Also, keep your outdoor unit clean and free of leaves and debris.
- Open & Shut. Open the drapes and blinds during the day to let solar heat in. Close them at night to keep the heat from escaping.
You can save on cooling your home in the summer too! Be sure to read my 10 Ways To Save On Cooling Your Home.