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6 Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter
Sure, we’re knee-deep in winter weather right now and many of the tips to save money on heating bills include projects that should’ve been undertaken in autumn. But, if you’ve been feeling that your home is a bit draftier than it should be and the visions you have this holiday season are of dollar bills dancing away from your pocketbook, take heart. I know when I look at my heat bill each month I am always confused why its higher than it was the same month a year ago. Infact the heater ran all day today while the temperature outside in Denver was sitting right at 0 degrees. There are still some things you can do right now to help stop the money-bleed and warm up your home. Hopefully those bills will start to shrink. Read now and thank me later.
Turn down your thermostat – Ok, so we start with the obvious. But, “for every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs,” according to consumerenergycenter.org. I know I know I like my heater to run right around the 72 degree mark in the winter. Thats probably why it was running all day today but I am going to try to lower it to 71 degrees for the rest of the week and see if I cant get it down to 70 for the rest of the winter. Just think thats 10 percent less on my heating bill. Now if thats not enough savings for you, set the thermostat to 55 degrees at night and you’ll save an additional 5 to 20 percent off your utility bill.Thats a lot of savings. Sounds chilly but they actually say that people sleep better when they are not overheated or hot. If your too cold bundle up in sweats and sweaters and you’ll be the one in the neighborhood laughing all the way to the bank.
Use Those Curtains – Drapes on the windows will help to hold heat in the room. Use heavy fabrics, such as velvet, in the winter and consider backing them with insulated fabric. Drapes, however, can also block the cheapest means of heating your home – the sun. Make sure to open your curtains on a sunny day which we have lots of here in Denver. If everyone returns home long after the sun has set, opening these curtains at that time may not be a means of saving energy. But, if sunshine is expected, throw those curtains that rest on south-facing windows wide before you leave for work in the morning and on the weekends. Keeping them closed at night and on dreary days will help insulate the home from the cold.
Speaking of windows – Consider exterior shutters to keep the howling wind from seeping around the windows.
Reverse your ceiling fan – Reverse the direction of spin on your ceiling fan to help pull cool air up. Stand under the fan and watch the blades spin – they should rotate clockwise in the winter. To change the direction, use the remote control. If you have an older fan that lacks a remote, you should find a toggle-switch on the unit, just below the blades.
If you have vaulted or cathedral ceilings, the fan is mounted too high for this technique to work.
Close the fireplace – Since traditional fireplaces suck warm air up the chimney and pump it out of the house, consumerenergy.org suggests that you not even use it during the winter. I know that sounds crazy. Your in luck if you have a gas fireplace make sure you have a blower switch on the fireplace so that it warms the house faster.
Use a Humidifier – Central heating can be very drying. And this makes everything feel a little colder than it is. Moist air, on the other hand, holds the heat better and naturally feels warmer. Using a humidifier, even in just the room you spend the most time in, will allow you to set the thermostat a little lower. I think I have four humidifiers. I mean doesnt everyone have one in Colorado. If you don't your skin and hair will thank you for it later so get a humidifier.
There are also some myths that you should be aware of when trying to find ways to save energy. Let’s take a look at one of the biggest:
Close off the vents in unused rooms – We’ve all heard that we should close the heat vents in rooms that we don’t use and seal off the room from the rest of the home. Hogwash, say HVAC experts. Modern forced air heating systems require a balanced pressure load throughout the house. Blocking one or more vents throws the load off balance, causing the system to work harder, eventually breaking down. The Family Handyman suggests that you speak to an HVAC professional before closing heat vents. I know crazy right. We use to close our guest room vents when our guests were away. Not anymore.
Remember, there are plenty of ways to save and if you’re serious, you might want to take a look at your insulation and HVAC as soon as the weather permits so next winter brings even more savings. Always make sure you have your HVAC inspected before the col weather comes each winter to make sure it is in clean good working order. Also very important to change those air filters people. I hope this gave you a little more information and I really hope I helped save you some extra money over the winter months.
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