by Mike Kravitz
on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 12:39pm.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but how do you keep it warm inside without freezing your bank account? Below are a few tips and tricks to keep your heating bill down during the winter.
1) Keep track of your thermostat. There are many fancy thermostats out there that you can program to change the temperature at certain times throughout the day. If it’s not in your budget to have one of those systems installed, then you have to keep on top of it yourself. Set a daily alarm in your phone to remind you to turn the thermostat down before you leave for work, and even at night if you sleep with heavy blankets. Those cold moments in the morning while waiting for your place to warm back up could save you hundreds!
If you’re not okay with waiting for it to warm back up, turning down your thermostat by just a few degrees can save you about 10 percent on your heating bill, so even a little difference can help!
2) Close it. We’re all busy, and time is money, so taking the extra few minutes to make sure all of your windows are closed and locked, as well as the flue being closed if you have a fireplace, seems time consuming. You still need to do it. Leaving a window open, even a crack, can lower the temperature of your home by a few degrees over time, which causes your heater to click on more often and, well, you can just watch your dollar bills fly out that open window.
3) You’ve got it covered. Sure, having large windows is great and offers beautiful views of your surroundings, but it also contributes to your home losing major heat! Think about utilizing tension rods and thermal curtains to cover your windows at night. It’s an inexpensive way to keep the heat inside your home without any extreme manual labor, and can easily be undone once it warms back up again.
4) Clear Your Path. Between holiday decorating and visitors coming in, sometimes furniture and rugs get moved around. This impromptu redesign could cost you! Make sure you keep the heating registers clear. If they’re covered the flow of heat is restricted and while you’re paying for heat, it may not be working at its full capacity.
5) Be like Superman. Harness the power of the sun. During the day leave your blinds up and your curtains open to allow the sun’s rays to filter through your windows and warm up your home. This is a simple way for your heating system to do less work.
We hope you’ve found these simple tips helpful and that they save you big this winter. Stay warm friends!