Ways To Reduce Your Heating Bill
When the temperature outside begins to fall, our heating bills quickly start to rise. For many homeowners, keeping their house warm means paying a hefty heating bill. Luckily, there are some ways to help reduce those costs and keep a little extra cash in your pocket for a rainy (and warmer ) day.
* Don't Be Shade-y
Even though it may be cold outside, the sun still tries to peak through on occasion. When it does, make sure to open the drapes and/or blinds in order to welcome the sun's warmth into your home.
* Cool It
Did you know that the settings on your water heater could be affecting your heating bill? Its true. Check your owners manual or ask a local expert about the ideal setting for your water heater which, if turned down a bit ,may still be able to heat your water adequately while reducing your heating bill.
* Insulation Information
Insulation is used to maintain your home's temperature. Some houses, especially older ones, may require additional insulation to keep the cold air out during the Winter, and the warm air in. check with a local insulation professional about upgrading or replacing outdated insulation.
* Temperature Control
Turning the thermostat down when the house is empty or at night (when you can snuggle under the covers) will help reduce your heating costs.
* Window Woes
If you feel drafts near your windows, chances are good that it isn't the only direction that the air is flowing. Air leaks or gaps in your windows can cause the warm air to leave your home, which can result in a rising heat bill.If you notice a draft,use caulk to seal the area or hire a professional to repair any cracks that may be causing drafts.
( it is important to note that a certain amount of fresh air must enter the home in order to prevent a buildup of moisture, which could lead to mold. So don't prevent a natural airflow by making your home excessively airtight.)