Depending on the type of heat your home has, your gas or electric bill can easily be the most expensive utility bill you have to pay. Well, perhaps second to your cable and Internet bill!
Here are some quick tips that may help you save money each month (and year!). Some of them are more extreme and other ideas are quite simple. We hope you enjoy.
- Insulation In The Attic – Since warm air rises, having sufficient insulation in your attic will do a great job with keeping your house warm for you.
- Turn Down The Heat – Even with a programmable thermostat, the more frequently you turn it down when no one is home, the more money you will save to heat your house in the winter. Check out the Internet-connected Nest thermostat which features an “auto away” mode!
- Read Your Heating Bill – Read the details of your heating bill; see how much you used last year at the same time to measure your progress in lowering your heating bill.
- Downsize – It costs less to heat a smaller home than a larger home.
- Educate Your Family – The more a family talks about the cost of heating, the different ways each family member can contribute to lowering the cost, the more successful you will be in lowering your home heating bills.
- Drink Hot Beverages – Sounds silly, doesn’t it? The more often you drink hot coffee and hot tea throughout a winter’s day, the lower the temperature you can keep your house.
- Grab A Snuggie! – The more you use throw blankets and Snuggies, just like the more you use extra layers of clothing, the warmer you will feel and the lower you can set your thermostat.
- Blinds Open On Sunny Days – Letting more of the sun and natural outdoor light will inside will help reduce the frequency that your furnace has to run to keep your house sufficiently warm.
- Empty Rooms – Keeping the vents and doors closed in rooms which are not being used will help keep the heat flowing to the areas of the home which are used.
- Go To Bed Early – The sooner you are under the covers, the sooner you can lower the temperature setting on your thermostat and reduce the amount of your heating bill.