When the temperature starts to drop, it becomes way too easy to find yourself stuck with a costly heating bill. Nationwide, the temperatures are basically always on the lower end, so heaters must run overtime in order to maintain their demand.
For residents in the Northeast and their record-breaking blizzards, sometimes their heaters stay running all day and night. Without a doub, this exorbitant level of energy consumption adds up, and pretty soon, your electricity bill is showing staggering numbers.
However, with just a few easy steps, you can work to lower and maintain that crazy heating bill once and for all, even when temperatures continue to drop and snow lingers.
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In order to lower your energy bills in the winter:
1. Lower the Thermostat
This might sound like a no-brainer, but it really works. Really. Even just a few degrees can save you tens of dollars per month. Drop down a few extra degrees and put on a sweatshirt and an extra pair of socks instead.
2. Eliminate the Breeze
Drafty doors and windows have the ability to let in an infinite amount of cold air. Shut off cracks with towels or seal off windows with energy efficient liners. This is especially helpful in older homes.
3. Get a Space Heater
Space heaters can raise the temp without raising your electricity bill. Look for models that work on a low voltage, or list how much they cost to run on an annual basis. This is a great way to warm a small area of the house, especially when doors are kept shut to hold on the heat.
4. Get a Timed Thermostat
Whether it’s a fancy one run by your smart phone, or a basic model that’s programmed straight from the home, a timed thermostat will allow you to get the most out of your heater’s efforts. Turn it down at night, as well as times no one is at home.
5. Change the Filters
Clean out or change your heater’s filters. As well as grates to heating vents, etc. Clearing off any debris will allow them to work more efficiently and pass through more heat rather than holding it up.
6. Keep it Steady
Cranking the temp then suddenly dropping it down will cost you far more than it’s worth. (Even if it does serve as a quick way to warm up your home.) Keep temps in a mid-level range for better heat conservation – generally between 65-70 degrees.
However, some prefer it warmer, while others cooler. (Depending on size, age, and climate of choice. As well as additional factors.) Personal preference will – and should – certainly play a role, and can act as a solid starting point from which to set your antics.
7. Outsource Heating
If you have a fireplace, light it. If you have a heating blanket, crank it up. If you’re experimenting with those clay pots that radiate warmth, get them ready to go. Use whatever method makes you feel most comfortable in order to gain additional heat throughout the home.