How to Save Up to 25% on Your Heating Bills – Follow These Easy Methods
Heating bills in your home do not have to be a big stress if you know how to accurately reduce your energy expenses. Below are 10 useful methods that you can follow to save on heating costs, especially if you live in a very cold region or get chilly winters.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
- Check the Temperature of All Water Heating Devices
- Explore Solar Energy
- Invest in a Sophisticated Fireplace
- Have a Look at Gas Heaters
- Consider Putting in Carpets
- Make Sure Your Home is Perfectly Insulated
- Cover Glass Window Panes in a Layer of Plastic Film
- Use the Kitchen to Your Home Heating Advantage
- Raise the Humidity Levels of Your Home And Save
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Indulge in sophisticated technology to lessen your heating costs. With a programmable thermostat, one can set timed periods of increases and decreases in room temperature. For example, you could set the thermostat to be hotter when you’re at home and cooler when you’re not there in the day. You can save from 1-3 degrees per degree you dial down, which can result in up to 20% heat bill reduction already!
Check the Temperature of All Water Heating Devices
Your Geyser and all the electrical appliances that heat up water in your home use up lots of power. By turning down the temperature that these appliances heat the water up to, you can save tremendously on your energy bills. In the case of the geyser, limiting its use to 1-4 hours a day can save you more than you realize. Your washing machine’s wash water temperature can also be lowered to 104 degrees F for most clothing items (this in fact often keeps clothing in better condition, when not exposed to such high temperatures).
Explore Solar Energy
Taking advantage of all the sunlight that hits your roof is a fantastic and sustainable way to lessen the costs of heating. Solar geysers are a good place to start – imagine having that powered by the sun and managing to remove all showering, dish washing or bathing off your monthly heating bills! Investing in a good battery to store power is also a good idea if you live in a place that experiences little light in winter. If you enjoy renovating and manually cutting the costs yourself, you might like to read this brief article on ways to save more with sneaky home heating hacks.
Invest in a Sophisticated Fireplace
A fireplace, such as a jet master, that has a central column/chute in the middle of the house and that you pack wood into like an oven will work house heating miracles. Stoke wood in the “wood oven” and get it blazing, sealing the door. In a matter of minutes, the heat will disperse through this central column and heat the whole house (assuming the house is insulated properly). These fireplaces are particularly good at trapping heat in and only need minimal feeding after that point.
Have a Look at Gas Heaters
If wood or having a fireplace is out of your realm of possibility, a gas heater could work well in place of that. Gas is often cheaper as a resource than electricity and you can further reduce power costs by using a gas stove to cook food on. You need to be mindful, however, when working with gas. Never leave gas equipment unattended!
Consider Putting in Carpets
In some floors, especially old flooring, heat and air can actually escape through the floorboards. You don’t need underfloor heating as much if you install carpets or insulate your floor properly and invest in rugs. Carpets and rugs also add an extra layer of insulation, so that when you light a fire or heat your home, the heat will remain for longer.
Make Sure Your Home is Perfectly Insulated
Every single surface inside your home can actually allow heat to seep out. The trick is to identify where there are cracks and patch them up! This means more than sealing your walls and ceilings, but also could mean insulating floor panels, replacing worn weather stripping on door and window frames. Pay attention to leaks as well and close your fire place chute when you are not using it to prevent heat escaping through it.
Cover Glass Window Panes in a Layer of Plastic Film
Cold glass that doesn’t mist up when you heat your home probably is not doing a good job of insulating properly. Having a blind to cover these windows will not insulate them as well as they could be. Funny enough, applying a thin layer of plastic film to cover your windows will better increase insulation in your home, preventing heat from escaping and cutting costs on your heat costs.
Use the Kitchen to Your Home Heating Advantage
If you like to use your oven to do cooking or baking, seal the doors, windows and batten down the hatches! Your oven uses up lots of power to heat up, however, you can use the heat that escape from the oven to heat up your home during the cooking time if your home is insulated enough.
Raise the Humidity Levels of Your Home And Save
This is an interesting method of saving on heat bills. Raising the level of humidity in your home will help to increase the heat and reduce energy costs. This means that having lots of well-watered transpiring plants in your home could actually save you on power. Don’t over humidify your house though, as this can lead to other problems like damp and mold.
Want even more ways to reduce your energy consumption or heating bills in your home? The Department of Consumer Energy has a resourceful list of over 100 things you can do to conserve energy!
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