6 ways to save on home heating bills
Saving on home heating bills is one of the easiest ways to cut back on expenses. If you already tried the basics, consider the following top 10 unique and effective ways to save money on your home heating cost.
1. Seal air leaks
Energy Star has reported that up to 20 percent of the air moving through the home's duct system is lost as a result of leaks and poor connections. By sealing up these air leaks with caulk, spray foam, and/or weather stripping, you can increase comfort in your home while cutting down on energy bills. Air leaks should always be sealed before insulation is applied to improve the efficiency of the insulation.
2. Install a programmable thermostat
You can program the thermostat to maintain a lower temperature while you're away from home or sleeping, which can result in savings of up to 30 percent, according to Energy Star.
3. Rearrange the furniture
It might seem unusual, but a piece of furniture blocking a baseboard radiator can absorb heat, which reduces efficiency and keeps your system running longer.
4. Have your heating system professionally serviced
Regular and professional maintenance of your heating and cooling system is an excellent way to increase efficiency and extend the life of the system itself. A professional service team can fully clean the unit, change filters in the furnace and humidifier, and identify any budding problems. This service is only necessary once per year.
5. Take advantage of the sun
The sun is essentially free energy that you can use. By keeping the blinds up and the curtains aside on a sunny winter day, you can absorb heat. Make sure to close the curtains at night to keep the heat inside.
6. Focus on the ceiling and the attic
Heat rises,which means that improper insulation on the ceiling and in the attic can end up costing you extra money in home heating costs. Always make sure these areas are insulated well enough to receive an R-value of at least 40.