4 Tips to Reduce Your Heating Bill
October 23, 2022Back to All Articles
Leaves are falling and the air is getting crisp. It’s time to make your home cozy by starting up that furnace. That also means your utility bill is going to be a little frightening next month, but you’re not powerless!
We have 4 tips to reduce your heating bill throughout the winter.
#1 Weatherproof Windows & Doors
A lot of energy is wasted through cracks & holes in your windows & doors. This makes your furnace work harder than it must; you’re basically spending money to heat the great outdoors.
As soon as the morning air turns chilly, consider installing these affordable home accessories:
- Weather strips or foam tape.
- Door sweeps.
- Insulated curtains.
- Window film.
#2 Take Advantage of Nature
An easy way to conserve energy is by leveraging Mother Nature.
The sun is the original heating system, and you should take full advantage of it. Once the sun comes up in the morning, open your curtains and blinds. You should also make sure to close them once the sun starts to go down. You can also plant shrubs outside of windows to act as natural insulation. The wind blows warm air away from the siding of your home, leading to more and more heat escaping from any cracks in your house (like windows and doors). However, shrubs and trees will provide your home with a little protection from the elements.
#3 Use Smart Thermostat Settings
Throughout the winter we tend to have our thermostats cranked throughout the entire season. This is very unnecessary, and it costs a lot of money! Program your thermostat to be lower when your family is sleeping or you’re at school & work.
You can also invest in a smart thermostat which allows you to control your settings from an app on your phone. This is perfect for when you’re out of the house and realize the heat is going full blast without anyone being home.
#4 Care for Your Furnace
If we could give you one piece of advice to save money on your heating bill, it would be to make sure your furnace is in the best shape possible. A furnace that isn’t working optimally spends more energy to heat your home.
There are a few ways you can keep it running as smoothly as possible.
Replace the Air Filter Regularly
A rule of thumb is that your furnace’s air filter needs to be replaced every 3 months. Often, a furnace’s issues with performing properly are tied to a dirty air filter that is constricting airflow.
Get an Annual Check-Up
You should get your furnace checked by a professional on a regular basis, preferably every year. A professional will be able to detect any issues with your furnace, check for efficiency, and give you a heads-up if anything might be starting to deteriorate.