Top Five Things You Can Do To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter!
It is officially fall and winter is just around the corner! Fall is a perfect time to make repairs that will make your home more energy-efficient, this will not only save you money but also keep you warmer. Don’t worry, if you can’t afford major repairs, such as a new furnace or new windows, there are small things you can do to save on heating costs, most you can do yourself.
Here are 5 of our top picks:
1. Caulk around windows. Warm air can escape and cold air can enter your house if the area around your windows has cracks. Caulking should be replaced periodically, check-in the fall for holes that need to be patched, or holes anywhere outside your house.
2. Use heavy drapes and rugs. Changing out your light summer drapes for heavy winter drapes can be helpful as these dark heavy drapes can keep the room warmer. Putting down area rugs provides an extra layer of insulation above the floor.
3. Lower your water heater temperature. You can lower it from 140 degrees to 120 without causing any problems. The Consumer Product Safety Commission actually recommends setting it at a temperature of 120 degrees.
4. Cover your water heater. You can buy a water heater blanket for around $20 at the hardware store that will keep the tank from losing heat as quickly, saving you money on your heating bill.
5. Change your furnace filters. If the filters are dirty, your furnace has to work harder. In most homes, filters should be changed monthly in the heating season. You should also have your furnace serviced periodically to make sure it is working properly.
**Bonus Tip** Get an energy audit. Many utility companies will provide a free energy audit and give you suggestions on improvements you can make to your home. Check with your local utility company to see if this is something they may offer in your area as well!
We hope that you have found these tips helpful. Stay warm this winter and please let us know if there is ever anything we can help you with.
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