With the first day of winter quickly approaching, many of us look for ways to beat the cold. Keeping energy consumption low during the winter months is surely a challenge, as is finding ways to lower the cost of our heating bills.
While many households seek to crank up the temperature on the thermostat when feeling the first frost of winter, this decision is often met with regret when receiving an unusually high and unexpected heating bill only one month later.
Winter is guaranteed to bring frigid, low temperatures, but you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there are a few ways to still keep your house warm on a budget. Here are 5 of our top tips to keep energy costs low this year.
Identify and Seal Leaks
The easiest way to check to see if your home is seeking air is to run your hand over each door and window. If you notice a change in temperature, you likely have a leak. Besides sealing your leaks, weatherstripping your doors and windows can help to accomplish the same goal. Weaterstrippers are easy to attach to both your doors and windows and are designed to keep cooler air outside of your home. An added bonus, installing weatherstrips now will help you in the warmer months of summer as weatherstrips will work to blockout hot air from entering your home.
Check To See If You Have Single-Pane Windows
Living in Hampton Roads, we have a lot of older homes. Commonly, these older homes contain single-pane windows versus the double-pane windows typically found in newer homes. Cold air more easily seeps into your home through single-pane windows than that of a double-pane window. However, you can easily prevent this by adding a layer of window shrink wrap on-top of your windows, hanging thick curtains to help block drafts at night, and opening your curtains during sunny, winter days allowing the sun to naturally warm your home.
System Maintenance Check
The best time to check your heating system is before there is an emergency. Having a professional come by and service your furnace to help evaluate the overall health of your system prevents potential, larger problems from occurring down the road. Make sure you also check your fans, blower, and filter, as sometimes a dirty filter is the root of a problem.
Change Your Fan’s Direction
Simple to do and a subtle change to make, switching your fan’s circulating direction helps to keep your home warm for less. To do, you would locate the fan’s switch at the motor and flip this switch. Warm air often collects at the ceiling of rooms during colder months, and by reversing your fan direction, this warm air will slowly circulate around the room instead of only at the ceiling.
While not always the first source of heating used, investing in a couple of space heaters can help to reduce energy costs. Space heaters use less energy than a furnace to heat a specific room in your home. This solution also works well for those in the home who prefer to be a little warmer.
With these budget-friendly home heating tips in mind, we hope you are able to save a little money on your heating bill this winter.