Taking steps to save on heating bills in the winter will also help you save money in the summer. It’s all about minimizing energy waste by keeping inside air in and outside air out. Furnace repair, insulated curtains, LED lighting, ceiling fans and smart heating systems should all be apart of a strategy for saving energy and money. At Air Services Unlimited, we have come up with 15 tips to help you save a bundle on your heating bills this winter.
- Lower the temperature in your house
Simply lowering the temperature in your house is one of the easiest ways to lower your heating bills. This doesn’t mean that you need to make your house as cold as the north pole. Lowering the thermostat a few degrees maximizes long-term savings.
- Wear warmer clothes
Lower the temperature in your home to where you still feel comfortable, and wear sweatpants, socks or a comfy sweater for extra warmth.
- Use Warm Blankets
Thick blankets can keep you nice and toasty at night. When you go to bed, lower the temperature in your house a few degrees and use blankets to stay warm all night long.
- Close the doors and vents in unused rooms
Most homeowners have a room or two that they don’t spend a lot of time in. For example, bedrooms that stay vacant while kids are away at college, guestrooms, basements and storage rooms could be using up all the extra heat in your house. You’re only wasting energy and money if you’re heating a room that no one uses. Close the doors and vents to all these unused rooms. When you have a guest staying in your home, you can simply open the vents again.
- Eliminate drafts around your house
Does your home feel drafty? When heat escapes from your home it causes drafts. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal air leaks. Check all seals and weather stripping around all exterior doors and windows if you suspect you have air leaks and are losing you warm air.
Cold air can sneak into your home through gaps in installation, AC units, light fixtures and electrical outlets. Be sure to check your basement and attic as they often hide air leaks, as well. Repair and replace any missing weatherstripping and broken seals. For large gaps you may need to replace and install new installation in your home.
- Solar heat is free
The sun provides clean free energy. No need for a solar panel! Just open your blinds and curtains and let the sunshine in your home. This warm solar energy will instantly heat your home.
- Use insulated curtains to keep warm air in at night
When you close your blinds and curtains at night, you don’t want to lose all the warm air collected during the day. Insulated curtains are an excellent solution. Before the sun sets, these curtains will trap most of the sun’s heat, and maximize energy efficiency at night.
- Insulate your windows temporarily
Since windows are not as well insulated as the walls in your home, you could be losing precious heat from windows that are improperly sealed. Use clear plastic film around the frame to ensure your windows are well sealed. This will help slow the loss of heat. This window film is an inexpensive solution, easy to install and simple to remove come spring.
- Close your fireplace when not in use
Fireplace will keep you nice and warm in the colder months. But when not in use it’ll also allow warm air to escape. Whenever you are not using your fireplace keep your damper closed. If you never use your fireplace, consider having the chimney flute sealed.
- Lower the temperature of your water heater
Water heaters along with air-conditioning and heating use the most energy in our homes. Most people set the temperature on their water heater too high. Because water heaters are running 24 hours a day turning the temperature down a few degrees can save you money on your monthly heating bills. Unless you have developed a habit of taking boiling hot showers, you probably won’t even notice a slight change in temperature.
- Adjust the ceiling fans in your home
Ceiling fans are not just for summer. Having your ceiling fan rotate counterclockwise will keep your home cool by pushing the air downwards. As for heat, most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the circulation of air. In doing this, warm air will gather at the ceiling and slowly circulate throughout the room.
- Use space heaters in smaller rooms
Space heaters are an excellent option for heating small spaces for a limited amount of time. Electric space heaters can be used to heat small enclosed rooms like cold bathrooms, tool sheds and garages, where heat loss may be common. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and you’re waiting on furnace repair, a space heater is an energy efficient solution to heat your whole home for a short period of time.
- Switch to LED light bulbs
Just turning on the lights in your home can make a room feel warmer. LED lights save both money and energy. These light bulbs used 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 25 times longer. It may cost more to replace all the light bulbs in your home with LED ones, but the investment will pay off later by saving you money on your monthly electrical bill.
- Open the stove
In the nineteenth century, families used wood-burning stoves as a means of cooking food and warming their homes. Today, while modern ovens are even better at cooking food, they’re not intended for heating a home. And yet, if you have just finished baking a favorite recipe, leave the oven door open as it cools down. This will allow some of the heat to escape and warm your home.
- Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Invest in a smart thermostat. A WIFI enabled thermostat allows you to adjust temperature settings in your home to maximize energy efficiency and save you time and money. This type of thermostat will learn your preferences and establish a schedule based of your habits, so that it can adjust the temperature of your house to your liking automatically. The best part is that smart devices work while you’re away from home or sleeping at night. Yes, smart thermostats are more costly than traditional ones, however, you will likely see significant savings on your heating bills in the future.
Being energy smart means you will save on heating bills year-round. However, if your heating bill is still high, it may be time for a service call.
Call Air Services Unlimited today to find out how we can help you with your heating system maintenance. Contact us now.