I don’t know about you, but my least favorite bill is the heating bill. Don’t get me wrong, I love keeping a nice, warm home and making sure my family is comfortable, but there’s just something about heating costs that I don’t like. Maybe it’s because they remind me that I don’t live in Hawaii, or maybe I’m just a frugal gal who doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on things I can’t actually see.
Fed up with high heating costs (our home uses heating oil, but these tips work with any heating method), last winter I implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, and guess what? They worked! My heating bill was down nearly 25 percent, which made me hate my heating bill 25 percent less. Here’s how I did it:
1. Turn Down the Thermostat
This is a big one. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to keep your home at a toasty 76 degrees during the winter months. Set your thermostat for somewhere between 66 and 68 degrees and throw on a hoodie if you’re a little chilly. At night and when no one is home, turn it down even lower – around 64 degrees at night and 60 degrees when you’re not home. You’ll save A LOT of money just by taking this one simple step.
2. Reverse Your Fans and Shut the Vents
Okay, this is two tips in one, but I’m combining them because they’re easy. First, flip that little black switch on your ceiling fans to make them turn counter-clockwise. It’ll help circulate the warm air downward that lingers near the ceiling. Next, close off any heating vents in unused or rarely used rooms. Go ahead and do both of those things right now – it’ll only take about four minutes!
3. Get a Tune Up
Our home uses a furnace and our heating oil contract included a free annual tune-up. If you have the same option, take it! An inefficient heating system, like an out-of-tune car, will burn a lot more fuel than necessary. If you don’t have a free tune-up service, there are still things you can do on your own. Starting with the easiest thing: Changing your furnace filters. Do it at the beginning of winter and again in the middle.
So there you have it, my three-step process for saving on your heating costs this winter. Like I said, it helped me cut my monthly bill by 25 percent. It may or may not have the same effect for you, but I guarantee it’ll save you at least some money, and that should make you feel all warm inside.
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