It’s starting to get cooler and in Ohio, we know just how cold it can get. We also know that heating bills in the $300-$500 range can really throw a wrench in your budget. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to save on energy usage and heating bills. By following these simple steps, you could save hundreds during the winter months (while still staying warm!).
How to Reduce Your Heating Bill
Get a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats are cheap and the money you save on your heating bills throughout the season will surely make up for the initial cost. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the heat during specific parts of the day, such as during the day while you are at work or at night.
Reverse your ceiling fans
Everyone knows that ceiling fans can keep you cool in the summer but surprisingly, they can also help keep you warm in the winter months as well. Flip the switch on the inside of the fan to reverse the rotation. Kept on low speed, this will push the warm air down towards you so you can set the thermostat a couple degrees lower.
Replace or clean filters
Dirty filters can lead to higher heating costs. Make sure you are cleaning or replacing your filters regularly.
Lower the temperature
Any time you lower the heat for a sustained period of time (even just a couple hours), you are saving money. Throw on a sweatshirt, add another layer to the bed and try lowering the temperature. Each and every degree will save you money on your bill.
Reduce leaks and drafts
Use your detective skills to hunt for cracks and leaks. Light a candle and hold it up to windows and doors. If you see the flame move or flicker, you probably have a leak. Seal these leaks with caulking. Also check under your front door. If you can see daylight, heat is escaping. Buy a draft guard to put under the door to minimize the leakage.
Get a maintenance check
Keeping up with the maintenance of your heating system will ensure it runs as efficiently as possible which will help to save you money in the long run. As soon as it starts to get cooler (or even before), give your heating and cooling company a call to schedule a maintenance appointment.
Use curtains the right way
If windows are facing the sun and it’s sunny out, keep your curtains open. Those rays will help heat up your home naturally, even in the winter. When it’s dark out, keep your windows covered to create an insulation barrier. To maximize the savings, double up on curtains, use Velcro to secure them to the window frame or spring for insulated curtains.
Turn down the water heater
Turn down the temperature on the water heater (ideally it should be around 120 degrees). You’ll notice the lower heating bill before you even notice the couple degree difference. Go one step further and wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket which will help it to maintain heat.
Air ducts are prone to leaks and contribute to high heating bills. Sealing and insulating ducts will improve efficiencies which will ultimately save you money (up to $1,000 a year in fact!). Plus, the cost is fractions of what it would be to replace your whole system.
How do you keep your heating bills down in the winter months? Tell us in the comments section below.