Winter is here and with it comes higher heating bills. There are ways to keep those bills from skyrocketing. Here are a few ideas to save money on your heating bills that don’t involve expensive fixes like new windows or a new heating system that you can put into practice.
Caulk and weather stripping
One thing that makes a big difference is making sure the caulk and weather stripping around your windows and doors is in good shape. Warm air leaking out and cold air leaking in can make your home much less energy efficient. Caulking around the windows will close up small holes between the windows and walls. Check the weather stripping around your doors too. If you can see daylight around the edges of your doors that will tell you that you need to replace it.
Check the flue
If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, check the flue to make sure it closes completely. When not in use the flue should be closed. Same with the doors on the stove. If there are gaps or the flue won’t close completely it will pull warm air from the room and send it up the chimney.
Take down screens and put up your storm windows and doors. Also consider putting an insulating film on your windows.
Change out your curtains and add heavier drapes for winter
Open them during the day to let in the warm sunlight, but close them at night to keep the warmth in. Add throw rugs to wood and ceramic flooring to provide extra insulation as well. Speaking of insulation, check the insulation in your attic. Over time insulation can deteriorate and needs either replacing or augmenting with some new. Same goes with crawlspaces, or anywhere you can add a bit more.
Change out furnace filters and have it serviced!
Dirty filters make your heating system work harder. Having it serviced will also make sure it is working as efficiently as possible. Consider a programmable thermostat. It can be set to automatically be at a lower temperature overnight and when you aren’t home.
Consider a water heater blanket for your hot water heater
Keeping the heat in may also mean you can lower the water heater temperature. If you have kids in the home, the hot water heater should be no higher than 120 degrees anyway.