As the weather gets colder, many of us start to dread our heating bills. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your costs down and still stay warm this winter. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to lower your heating bill.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help you save money by automatically turning down the heat when you’re not home.
Use a Space Heater Wisely
Space heaters can be an efficient way to heat specific areas of your home, but be sure to use them safely. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains or furniture.
Weatherproofing Your Home
Drafty homes let heat escape, so make sure to seal up any cracks or gaps around doors and windows. Weatherproofing is one of the most important things you can do to stay comfortable during extreme temperatures and save on utility costs throughout the year—not just in winter! By sealing cracks and gaps around doors and windows, caulking baseboards and moldings properly (as well as outlets), and insulating attics & crawl spaces correctly, you’re making it harder for conditioned air from inside to escape.
More Tips to Save Energy
Here are a few more tips to help you lower your heating bill this winter:
- Install storm doors and windows since these can help block drafts and keep heat from escaping.
- Close curtains or blinds at night. This way, you keep the heat inside.
- Reverse your ceiling fan. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction of the blades. During the winter, reversing the blades will push warm air down into the room.
- Bring in some plants to regulate indoor temperatures by transpiring water vapor, which helps cool things down in summer and adds warmth in winter.
- Consider changing your light bulbs to LED, unplugging electronics when they’re not in use, and washing clothes in cold water whenever possible.
The Benefits of a Home Energy Audit
If you want to know exactly where your home is losing energy, consider getting a professional home energy audit. An auditor will assess your home’s insulation, windows, doors, heating and cooling systems, and more to determine where improvements can be made for greater efficiency and lower bills.
Lowering your heating bill doesn’t have to be difficult. By following the tips above, you can save money and stay warm all winter long. And if you’re not sure where to start, consider getting a professional home energy consultation from Thomas J. Fannon & Sons in Alexandria, VA. We offer expert HVAC services, including repairing your water heater and filling your tank with fuel oil today. Call (703) 549-5700 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today.