While there are many ideas to save money on heating bills, most of them require the homeowner to spend money. For most people, this option is not very attractive, as major home improvement can make a sizeable dent to their savings, something that is not really what people need in the current economic scenario. However, there are ways to save money on your heating bills that do not require you to deplete your life’s savings.
How to Save Money on Your Heating Bills
1. One of the main reasons for shocking heating bills is keeping the heating high when no one is home or when residents are sleeping. While it may feel uncomfortable coming home to a slightly colder home or waking up to a relatively cold room, it is best to reduce the thermostat to 60 degrees Fahrenheit when you are away or while sleeping. You have the option of adjusting the thermostat manually or spending a little money and buying a programmable thermostat.
2. Most homes lose heat through the small gaps around windows, doors and other areas. This can cause your heating bills to rise substantially. Block those leaks using silicone. You can find leaks by holding a lit incense stick near door frames, windows, recessed lighting, ducts and electrical outlets. Use outlet gaskets for blocking leaks in electrical outlets.
3. Use plastic, old blankets or weather stripping to cover up the entry to your attic. Hot air rises, so the attic is the major area that will cause loss of heat. While this may not stop loss of heat through the roof, it will definitely slow it down. Other places with poor insulation that could result in heat loss include the basement and crawl spaces. You may want to insulate these areas with the help of a professional to prevent loss of heat.
4. Close vents and doors of rooms that are unoccupied, such as guest rooms. There is no need to heat these rooms if no one is using them.
5. Lower the temperature of your water heater to around 115 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. While you may not notice a difference in your hot water, it will surely help in reducing your heating bills.
6. If you have money to spare, install a low flow shower head. This will ensure that you use 25 to 50 percent less hot water without noticing a difference. This way you will save money on heating and also consume less water.
7. Where view is not important, you can ‘winterize’ windows by using weather stripping. You can even winterize doors that lead outdoors, but are not used during winters.
8. After baking, leave the oven door slightly open. You will be amazed at the amount of heat an oven can generate. It will help heat the kitchen and some of the surrounding areas.
9. Switch off exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom after they have done their work. These fans propel hot air out of the house, thereby making furnaces work harder.
Tip for Those Who Need Financial Assistance
There are some local Councils that offer some form of financial help or discount to low income seniors as well as low income disabled people. Get in touch with your local utility company or community action agency to find out what kind of assistance you can get to make home improvements to save energy.
Save Money on Heating and Sleep Easy
Many of these tips are not very expensive to implement and hardly take time. While they may not help you save thousands of pounds, they will definitely ensure that you don’t get a shock the next time your heating bill comes.