10 Ways to How To Bring Your Heating Bills Down

Winter temperatures can cause those heating bills to go sky high. Read 10 ways on how to bring your heating bills down.

10 Ways to How To Bring Your Heating Bills Down from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom
  • Make socks your friend: Even with the room heater on, the floor can get really cold during the night, and especially in winter. Having socks on when walking around the house, instead of turning the heat all the way up can save lots of energy in the long run. Plus if you live in Texas it will save you on those high Texas electricity rates.
  • Tap on the available heat: Simple household activities such as cooking, taking a shower, or even ironing the clothes generate reasonable amounts of heat. You could tap on these to keep the house warm during winter. One way to do this is leaving the bathroom door open when taking a shower, and not turning the ventilation fan on. This should allow heat from the bathroom to disperse to other rooms.
  • Turn down the heat by 5 or 10 percent: Turning the heat down by a few degrees can save you lots of energy (up to 10% of heating bills) in the long run. Your body won’t notice the difference, but will instead read adjust to the temperatures. Consider turning down the heater when leaving the house for a few hours.
  • Lower water heater temperatures too: Turning down the water heater thermostat by 20 degrees say from 140 to 120 degrees can contribute to lower heating bills as well.
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat works a lot better than the old ones. The thermostat makes it possible to adjust heat levels at predetermined times, as well as turn off the heater completely when no one is in the house. Although you may have to part with $80 for one, you’ll most likely save so much more in a year and more to come once it is installed. Ethanol fireplaces in the guise of these from Ethanol Fireplace Pros are also a good option for low cost, greener energy.
  • Seal the house to prevent unnecessary heat loss: Doors, windows, and air vents can let warm air escape leaving the heater to work harder to maintain a constant temperature. Ensuring these are correctly shut, and the vents well-sealed however creates an envelope of warm air, thus minimizing heat loss. This also means the heater won’t have to work as hard to keep the room/house warm.
  • Call for regular service and maintenance: Both oil and electric heaters should be serviced by an experienced technician at least once a year. It’s by having the unit serviced that it can run more efficiently with little to no breakdowns. You also ought to ensure the air filters are clean and clear to facilitate proper air movement.
  • Ensure windows are covered at night: Having curtains over your windows at night not only improves privacy in the house but also reduces heat loss. This is particularly crucial for older homes with old windows. You, however, should draw the curtains to let daylight in during the day. Daylight brings warmth – allowing sun rays into the house helps heat the house
  • Ensure the outdoor unit is well-taken care of. Most people tend to overlook the outdoor unit forgetting it is equally important as the indoor unit is. Checking the unit for condensate, blocked pan, or overgrowth on the same, and ensuring everything is clear will enable it to continue functioning optimally throughout the cold season. Be sure to get rid of twigs, grass, leaves, and overhanging branches around the same.
  • Look out for air leaks: Air leaks in the house can be the biggest cause of spikes in your home energy bill. Inspect the house for air leaks using a candle. Hold a candle flame next to windows, air vents, the door, and anywhere you suspect there’s a leak. If the candle flame is blown in one direction, then that’s a clear sign of a leak. Inspecting the area farther should help you determine the exact spot, then use weather-stripping or caulk to seal it off. Adding some insulation may help too.

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One Comment

  1. Great list Melissa.
    Luckily for us we have great insulation and double glazing so there is not much heat lost in our house. We have been in houses without those and they are like a money sink in winter.

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