With the winter here, now would be a good time to get your home in order for the season. An inevitable part of the winter season means a higher heating bill. This year does not have to break your bank, though with just a few changes there are many ways that you can reduce your fuel bills significantly.
Check all vents in your home. Remove any debris left behind from the year and then vacuum them out to achieve maximum flow. If you have any rooms that will not be in use for the winter, close off those vents. This will allow more heat to flow to the other rooms, enabling you to lower the temperature and still be comfortable.
If you do not currently have energy efficient double pane windows and your budget does not allow for replacements, then go to your local home improvement center and purchase the window kits or plastic rolls. These kits are easy to assemble and create an airtight effect, reducing the amount of cool air entering your home. To further enhance the seal, also use weather stripping on older doors to keep drafts out and heat in.
Another great way to save on your heating bill is to purchase a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to set the temperature so that it is lowered at night while you are sleeping and also during the day when you are not at home. You will be surprised how much this will reduce your bill without creating any discomfort to your lifestyle.
If you currently have a fireplace or gas stove, have it serviced before the season starts so that you are getting all of the benefits. Fireplaces should have the chimneys and flue cleaned out prior to using them each year. This ensures that no critters have built nests and that no other blockages exist that will send smoke and flames billowing into your home.
Placing an aluminum board (these are readily available at home improvement stores) behind your radiators will also help the heat flow into the room more efficiently. Heavy curtains drawn at night or during the early evening are another good option for keeping heating in rather than letting it out through drafty windows.
Sometimes, we can also be too quick to turn up the heat. If youre only a little cold try wearing an extra sweater or warm socks. You may find you dont need the heating on for another few hours. Closing doors to rooms can also keep hallway areas and rooms warmer.
Oftentimes, too many of us heat the neighborhood each winter which simply throws money out the door. Saving money on your heating bill is not impossible; you just have to be diligent about following the above tips. If your home is newer, you will not have to worry too much about insulation. However, if your home is older, you may have to update your insulation and furnaces to assist in keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.