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Your home’s central heating system is indispensable during winter, but is the thought of your heating bills more merciless than the freezing night itself? Do you wish you can cut down your heating system’s energy consumption? Here are some helpful money saving tips that you can use to lower your winter heating bill.
1. Clean your Heating System’s Ductwork
The heating ductwork should be free from vermin, mold and dust. Airflow will be constricted, causing your heater to exert more pressure and thus consume more oil, propane or electricity.
2. Check your Home’s Insulation
An excellent home insulation is your best friend when you want to save money on your winter heating bill. During cold seasons, insulators around your home keep the heat from dissipating from your house, thus your heating system consumes less energy. Attics should have an 11” rock wool or fiberglass insulation, or an 8” cellulose padding insulation. The walls and floors should also have the same insulation.
Water pipes should also have enough insulation. If you live in an apartment, ask your landlord about the condition of your apartment’s insulation. However, good insulation won’t be able to conserve heat well if the walls, floors, roof and ceiling have holes.
Also, check for drafts. Drafts are considered air leakages from the wind pressure outside your home. Drafts can be checked professionally but they can cost around $200 to $800, depending on the area to be tested. Sometimes, drafts can be caused by openings around the plumbing vents and on the floor. These openings lead to stack effect or air infiltration. The heat indoors escape holes around the high areas of your house like the attic while cold air seeps in through the lower levels.
If there are minor spaces and crevices where indoor air can escape, you may opt to buy weather stripping seals or window insulation kits.
3. Lower the Thermostat
Sacrificing a few degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius can help reduce your winter heating bills by at least $100 annually. You can even save more when you use natural gas or propane. The average temperature preferred by homeowners is 70˚F (21˚C). However, remember that every additional degree contributes to about 10% of your bill. Lowering the thermostat to around 60˚F (16˚C) at night and 68˚F (20˚C) will give you significant savings on your heating bills. If you find this too cold, you can wear thicker garments to compensate for the colder temperature.
4. Less Hot Water
Use colder temperatures when washing dishes and doing the laundry. Because showering with cold water may feel uncomfortable, take shorter baths instead. You can also turn a few degrees down on your water heater.
5. Watch the Glass
Glass doesn’t conserve heat well. Windows and other glass components at home account for the majority of heat loss from your home. During the coldest parts of the day, especially if there is no sunshine in sight, pull down you curtains and blinds. If you really want to keep your curtains and blinds up at day to let some light in, make sure to layer thermal insulation films over the window’s glass panels. Never keep windows open.