Depending on what area of the country you live you might already be dealing with temperatures that have you ready to crank up the heat.
Where I live the temperatures have been borderline. While there’s been a day or two where I definitely considered turning on the heat I decided to hold out just a little bit longer.
If you’re like me one of the things you dislike about fall and winter are the heating bills! Over the past five years I’ve had to deal with bringing down some astronomical heating bills in two different places. Here’s what I’ve learned.
It’s All About the Insulation
In 2012 I bought a house trailer for my kids and I to live in while we were getting back on our feet. I had scored a great deal on the 900 sq. ft. trailer and even put a brand new furnace in it. I imagined that at the very peak of winter I’d be paying $200 for the month.
Boy was I wrong! My first cold weather heating bill came in at $500! (And keep in mind I was only paying $226 per month for four years to purchase the trailer!) My mind was blown. I quickly learned that my ridiculous heating bills were due to a lack of insulation.
If you’re dealing with a home in which you cannot seem to get your heating bills down your insulation could very well be the culprit. Look into correcting it. A few hundred dollars’ worth of insulation could save you thousands in just one year!
If you don’t have proper insulation you’ll continue to waste your money heating a home that cannot contain the heat.
Cover Your Old Windows
If you have old windows that are drafty one way to keep the warm air in and the cold air out is to cover them. You can buy the kits that have plastic sheeting and adhesive to go over your windows very inexpensively.
While this isn’t the most attractive thing in the world it really makes a big difference if you don’t have energy efficient windows.
Replace Your Furnace Filters
If you have a furnace be sure to replace the old dirty filters with new ones. This will keep your furnace running efficiently and effectively. Also have a maintenance check every few years to make sure everything is running as it should be.
Turn Down the Thermostat
It’s tempting to crank up the thermostat on chilly days. But if you’re looking to save on your heating bill you need to set it at a temperature that works for your family.
Set your thermostat in between the 60 and 70 degree range and wear sweaters or use blankets as needed to keep warm.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Since heat rises using your ceiling fans can help push down the heat. Just make sure to run them in reverse so that the heat spreads instead getting sucked up further.
Fill in the Cracks
Check around doors, plumbing, and wiring and on the outside of your home for cracks where air can leak through. Fill in all the cracks with caulking.
Also be sure that your doors have weather stripping that’s still in good shape. If they don’t, replace it.
Do the Big Things First
If you’ve been dealing with astronomical heating bills focus on the big things first. These things would be having proper insulation and a well maintained heating system. These two things will make the biggest impact on your heating bill if they’re not already in place.
After you have those done focus on doing all of the smaller things which still save on your heating bill this winter.
How do you keep your heating bill low for the winter?