5 Tips For Managing Your Winter Heating Bills

Follow these tips to stay warm and cozy AND keep your winter heating bills down this winter!

Feet warming by fireplace

Feet warming by fireplace

  • Adjust Your Thermostat

You can keep your house comfortable and save energy by strategically adjusting your thermostat. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which allows you to easily to set a schedule to maximize your savings.

cut winter heating bills

cut winter heating bills

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 1% on your winter heating bills for each eight hours you set the thermostat back one degree. That means that if you set your thermostat back each night from 70° to 65° while you sleep, you could add a blanket to your bed and save as much as 5% on your heating costs.

Or, if your family is out of the house at work or school during the day, keeping the house 10° or even as much as 15° lower when no one is home could result in significant savings. A great way to manage this is to install a thermostat that you can adjust while out and about. Programmable thermostats work great too but aren’t the best options for busy families who come and go during most evenings.

  • Reduce Air Leaks

By sealing air leaks in a home, an average household can cut 10% of its winter heating bills. Use caulk to seal any cracks or small openings on non-moving surfaces, such as where window frames meet the house structure. Check weatherstripping in exterior door frames and replace any that is deterioriated or cracked. Inspect utility cut-throughs for pipes (plumping penetrations), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. You can buy material that expands to fill the gaps and keep air from flowing through. You may think these are small and insignificant but once you add them all up throughout your home, they have a major impact on the overall efficiency of your home.

sealing ductwork

sealing ductwork

Examine ductwork for splits or gaps that have developed in the ducts. If your home is heated by forced air, examine the ductwork and use duct sealant or metal-backed tape on any leaks.
Check registers and grills to make sure they are tightly sealed to ducts.

  • Relocate Your Thermostat

Often times we see a thermostat installed in a central location near a kitchen. While this location can be ideal for most days, the bedrooms can stay cooler and cause you to turn up your temperatures at night. Consider a portable thermostat that will allow you to turn your system on or off from a central thermostat and from a portable model.

  • Heating System Service

Have your furnace checked before winter gets into full swing. Saving money on your winter heating bills can come from adjusting gas pressures. Also save on your winter heating bills by installing new air filters. This will allow your furnace to breathe better and increase airflow throughout your system. A heating and cooling expert can offer recommendations that will increase your efficiency throughout the winter.

  • Call The Experts

If you want to learn even more about how to manage the specific energy consumption of your home, consider hiring a professional energy auditor to evaluate your home and identify all the inefficiencies. The long-term energy savings on your winter heating bills should more than make up for the initial cost of the audit.

The energy expert will show you how low-cost improvements can improve your home’s efficiency. And, the audit may suggest more expensive improvements, such as upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and high performance windows to help improve your heating bills.

For more home heating tips and information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy at Energy.gov

 

Contact us to see how you can start saving today. For over 40 years we have been saving Boise and Meridian residents money on their winter heating bills. We specialize in existing residential applications. Check out our team. 

We also put together an article for getting assistance with your winter heating bills- click here. 

 

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