With Winter officially started this weekend, the weather outside may be frightful, but there’s no reason for your heating and electric bills to be. Elle Martinez shares her tips on how save money on your heating and electric bills this season.
With cold weather coming (and in some places already here), many families are seeing their heating bills skyrocket. Even here in North Carolina we’ve had to bundle up as the cold weather has been coming in. One of our goals is to make sure our energy bills stay within budget.
The good news is that you can make some changes and see significant savings with your heating and electric bill.
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Some of the adjustments don’t even cost that much, you simply have to spend an afternoon or two getting your home ready.
- Stop the drafts. Grab some weather stripping and door sweeps and seal up all the leaks around your home.
- Replace your air filters. If your air filters are dirty, your heating system has to work harder (costing you more) to heat your home.
- Don’t block your vents. Just keep an eye on your rooms and make sure your vents are unobstructed. If you have a room that your hardly use, go ahead and close the vents. That’s one less room your system has to heat up.
- Watch your windows. Depending on what side your windows face, you can cover some them to absorb some natural heat as the sun shines.
- Turn the heat down while you’re away. If you are out of the house during the day, you can lower the temperature by just a little bit and save some significant money. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to increase just before you usually arrive home.
- Lower your water heater’s thermostat. Some manufacturer’s default setting are much higher than you need. See if you can set your water temperature to 120 degrees – it;ll be enough to handle your family’s needs without having the scalding hazard.
- Watch your fireplace. If you’re not using it, keep the damper closed to have the warm air stay inside.
- Make ceiling fans work. You can adjust it so the heated air will be circulated down to where you are.
- Check your windows. For some older homes, heat is loss through the windows. Replacing them with double-paned ones can give you a big return on your investment. If you don’t have the budget to replace your windows, a much cheaper fix is using clear plastic sheets to keep the draft out of windows in unused and hardly used rooms.
- Have the proper insulation. Check your insulation in the attic and make sure it’s up to code. For some easy to access spots like attics and crawl space, you may want to take this one as a do it yourself project. For other areas, you may want to get a contractor.
The costs of these adjustments can vary, so start off with the cheapest fix and move up as your budget allows. Hopefully you have a warm and safe winter without breaking the bank.
Thoughts on Cutting Your Heating and Electric Bill
Do you have any tips on to keep your heating bills manageable this winter? Could you please share them in the comments below so we can all shave a few dollars off our bills this year?