Heating your homes, especially those in regions with extreme temperature shifts can be among the most expensive of all your utility bills. The U.S Department of Energy reported that about 45% of our energy bill is spent on heating our homes. On average per year, that can be a lot of money used. If you’re wondering how to lower your heating bill, worry no more. It all begins with using energy efficient doors and windows then you can say goodbye to high heating bills. Below we’ve outlined heating tips, some of which involve home improvements so that you can get your electric bills under control.
Opening Blinds and Curtains
Leave your curtain drawn during a sunny day so as to let heat in. This applies in winter too since winter sun can also warm your house. Direct sunlight generates enough heat to keep your home warm throughout the night. Remember to close the curtains immediately the sun moves away. For excellent installation, you should use thick or double lined curtains. Similarly, you can put the blinds in a strategic way to avoid heat loss. For example, use velcro or magnetic tape to attach the edges of your curtains to the wall or window frame at the sides and bottom, and even where the drapes come together. This DIY project can reduce heat loss by up to 25%.
Adopt a Programmable Thermostat
You should set your thermostat down 10 degrees when you’re asleep or not at home. A programmable thermostat can save you money up to 15%. While you’re in the house, you should set the temperature at 20 degrees Celsius which is enough to heat your house even during winter time. Constant temperature adjustments can lead to an extra energy bill. Another way to cut on the expenses is by putting on an extra sweater and warm slippers if you still feel cold after setting the required home temperature.
Close Leaks and Check Insulation
Use a bottle of insulating foam to seal gaps around the windows, doors, floors, walls, ceiling, and fireplace that allow air to seep in. According to the U.S Department of Energy, sealing this leaks can potentially save 5% to 30% of energy each year. Check the attic and window frames that aren’t properly insulated. The chance of cold air getting in through tiny holes is very high which forces you to turn on higher temperature to keep your home warm. This is an extra cost to your heating utility bill. You should do a thorough check to ensure everything is well insulated.
Close Ventilation in Rooms You Don’t use
You should close vents in rooms you don’t often use such as guest rooms. This forces your heating system to direct warm air to the rooms you use most. The less space you need to heat the lower your bill and you’ll also be able to control the climate in the house.
Run Your Fun Clockwise
Fans are not only used to cool in the summer but also can be used to circulate warm air in the house. By reversing the rotation of your ceiling fan helps lower energy consumption by 10%. Let the fan rotate clockwise at a low speed so that it can drive down warm air that rises to the ceiling. In a temperature check experiment, the temperature reading near the ceiling was seven degrees warmer than at the floor. This warm air in the ceiling should be put to better use.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
If your furnace filters are dirty, have them cleaned or replaced to enhance their efficiency. You should be able to clearly see the light through the filters. Additionally, seal and insulate airways using metal tape particularly those that move air through unheated spaces such as the basement and attics. Keeping your furnace in good condition promotes heat efficiency by up to 15%.
Use a Space Heater
Use a portable heater to heat the room you usually use the most. This room should be isolated as much as possible by closing all doors to avoid heat loss. If you work at home, then you should use this space as your office. The smaller the room the more you save on energy. Also, space heater encourages togetherness, shared relaxation and you are able to save money. You can find a modern space heater that suits your budget and performance specifications for as little as $40.
By making home improvements to enhance heat efficiency, you’re taking a major step in reducing your utility bill. In cold climate, it’s hard to find the best home heating solution. However, taking these simple steps to control heat loss becomes much easier to keep your home warm. Plus, you will not notice how winter season passes by.