Cut Your Heating Costs with These Quick Tips! – Part I
The sun is coming up earlier and earlier every day, but we still have a few months left before summer. It’s never too late to start thinking about how you can cut heating costs! We have compiled a list of all of the heating bill hacks we know. Enjoy part I of our series! Our hope is that you find the tricks that work best for you and your family.
Adjusting Windows and Doors to Cut Heating Costs
- Install double pane windows. Windows consistently let in more cold air than any other part of the house (and therefore raise your heating bill!). If you have single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double or triple pane windows to provide more insulation.
- Check your thresholds. The doors in your home may not be installed properly, letting light (and cold air) in below, between the door and the threshold. If you see light, raise your threshold using the screws attached so that it touches the base of the door.
- Upgrade your weatherstripping. Insulative weatherstripping around windows and doors can become old and worn out. Replace your weatherstripping every 2-3 years to keep it effective.
- Hang some drapes. Thick drapes and shades hung over windows and doors can provide additional insulation. So go ahead and get those gaudy curtains out of the attic!
- Pull out the saran wrap. If installing double pane windows is too cost-prohibitive, saran wrap is a cheap (and easy) alternative. Stretch the wrap across your windows and unused doors for additional insulation.
- Twist the locks. Most people lock their windows for security purposes. If you are not already doing so, go ahead and twist the locks! Doing so will push your windows against the weatherstripping, making this insulation more effective.
- Use the sun. Especially now that the sun is coming out, you can use it as a powerful source of natural heat. During the day on the Southside of your home, open all of your curtains to let the sun shine into the room.
Modifying Your Heating System to Cut Costs
- Change thermostat settings. A great way to cut heating costs is to run your thermostat at a lower temperature while you are asleep or away.
- Clear some vents, block others. In general, it is best for the efficiency of your heating system to keep your vents clear. That said, blocking the vents in unused rooms will push the hot air into the rooms that need it.
- Replace your filters. Dirty air filters clog heating systems, creating inefficiencies that drive up heating costs. Replace your filters every one or two months to avoid this consequence.
- Schedule regular maintenance. Regular maintenance keeps your heating system operating smoothly, thereby reducing costs.
- Patch broken ducts. If your ductwork was installed incorrectly or a long time ago, it may be leaking. Use metal tape (available at most hardware stores) to patch leaky areas and conserve heat.
- Update your system. Your heating system may be old and running inefficiently, creating additional cost. Update your system to save money!
Cutting heating costs can be simple with a few, key changes to your windows, doors, and heating system. If you have tried these tips and you still feel like your heating costs are too high, it’s time to bring in a professional. Contact your local heating company to schedule service or inquire about a new heating system!