Posted on: 6 February 2015Share
During the cold weather, paying to heat your home can easily get out of hand. In fact, in the colder parts of the country, heating a home can account for up to 50 percent of the total energy bill. If you are looking for ways to save money, check out the suggestions below.
Lower the Thermostat - This might seem like the most obvious option to control your heating costs. The trick is you don't want to turn it down so low that you and the rest of your family are uncomfortably cold. But if you turn down your thermostat just one or two degrees, you will save money on your next utility bill.
For every degree you turn down your thermostat, you will save up to three percent. So go ahead and set your thermostat from 76 degrees to 73. Those three little degrees will save you just under ten percent. Another way to control your heating costs is to turn down your thermostat by about ten degrees when you are not at home. Why heat up the home if nobody is there?
Replace Old Heating Equipment - If you are finding the heating system in your home is no longer working as effectively as it once was and it is more than 20 years old, you may need to get your furnace or boiler evaluated by an HVAC contractor. The contractor should perform a thorough inspection including doing a proper heat loss calculation before giving you recommendations on how to proceed. They might tell you that instead of getting your furnace repaired, it would be advantageous to get it replaced with a newer heating system that uses less energy.
Check for Air Leaks - One of the most basic things you can do to lower your heating bill is to check for air leaks around the home. The most common places to look for air leaks includes:
- Plumbing fixtures
- Electrical outlets
- Ceiling fixtures
- Attic hatches
- Phone jacks
One way to check for leaking air is to light a candle around these places on a windy day. Next, go near the windows, doors or anywhere else with a potential air leak. If the flame on the candle starts moving, you most likely have an air leak. Getting these leaks sealed will help to keep the cold air outside where it belongs. Not only will you be warmer and more comfortable, you'll be spending less money throughout the winter.