Weather experts are predicting an extra cold winter this year. Since various types of fuel and home heating can be pricey, you can save on heating costs simply by making the right preparations. Instead of turning down the thermostat and bundling yourself in blankets, try these tips.
While much depends on the outdoor weather and temperature during the cold season, you may be able to set your indoor thermostat at 68 degrees by day and perhaps 66 degrees at night. Young children and the elderly might need warmer temperatures, but you could also consider using space heaters for their bedrooms or daytime living space. A fireplace can also help to heat up the family room or wherever it is located.
If your heating bills have been running high the past few years, it may be a good time to compare alternate fuel sources. Common options include gas, electric, and propane heating. Depending on what your home is currently using, you may want to consider switching. However, it is important to research the costs not only involved in installation, but also in your family’s heating needs. Keep in mind that changing to a propane heater may or may not save you money, but it might be worth comparing costs with your current system.
Have your home’s insulation inspected to see if it is still functional and efficient. If it has deteriorated over time, you may want to invest in having new insulation installed. A well-insulated home can save hundreds of dollars each year in heating costs. Check to be sure doors and windows have close-fitting weather strips and seals to prevent warm air from leaking outside and cool air coming in.
In addition to relying on your home’s heating system, everyone can take practical steps to keep warm. Dress in layers to keep body heat from escaping. As temperatures rise outdoors, or if the home becomes warm from the heating system, layers can be removed to adjust comfortability. Sleeping in socks keeps the feet warm and often facilitates undisturbed rest. A warm bath or shower can also help to maintain body heat. Dressing warmly for the outdoors will require less effort to warm up indoors afterward.
You don’t have to put up with astronomically high heating bills. Reinforce your insulation, consider switching to a new heating system, and take practical steps to keep warm when the weather turns cold.
Now that you’re saving money on your heating bill, save money on your power bill with these tips!