Keeping your home warm during the freezing winter weather can be a challenge. If you are tired of your heating bill skyrocketing out of control, it is important to make a few changes around the home to prevent heat from escaping. Here are some money saving heating ideas to follow if you want to cut your energy bill in half, while staying warm.
Upgrade the Thermostat
You need to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, which can be around 66-68 degrees. Use a programmable thermostat and replace yours if it is old, as it can wear out, making it difficult to properly gauge the temperature in the home. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust based on the time of day, so you can set it to a lower temperature at night. Reducing the thermostat setting by 1 degree can drop your utility bill by 3 percent or more.
If you have old windows, they won't be able to keep outside air out of the home. Leaks around the windows often cause your heating bill to skyrocket. You should go around to each of the windows and doors of your home to seal up any areas where you have air leaks. Adding a thick layer of caulk around each window is the best way to prevent heat from escaping. Also use plastic wrap to create a makeshift window inside the home. This gives you a little extra protection from the cold air as the plastic basically acts as another windowpane. You can purchase a kit to do this, or use plastic wrap and some tape to seal off the area around the windowsill to trap the cold air.
No matter how new your home is, when you keep the temperature set to 66, it's going to get a little cold inside. The best thing you can do is to bundle up around the home to stay warm. Since you want to keep the temperature setting lower at night anyhow, add another blanket to your bed. An electric blanket would be particularly warm, allowing you to set the thermostat to a lower temperature.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, plan using it to save money on heating and cooling costs. Many homeowners have gas fireplaces, which are nice, but they still consume energy. A wood fireplace will always heat your home, as long as you keep it stocked with plenty of wood. You should plan on closing the flue of the fireplace when it is not in use, as it will suck the heat from the home outside through the chimney.
One other thing you can do to help reduce your energy costs in the winter is to insulate the home properly. Check on your attic insulation and add a layer if it is getting lower. You can also insulate the pipes and water heater in your home. Containing the heat inside the water heater will help to reduce energy costs as the water heater won't need to turn on as often.
Jared Miret, father and home handyman is happy to help you and your kin save money this winter with these thrifty heat saving ideas. Click here for more ways to save money on your electric bill this season.