The winter season is upon us and many have already seen their heating bill rise. Wouldn’t it be nice to cut some heating costs? Here are a few tips to help keep your house warm and to cut down on some heating bills.
Most heat lost is through the windows. Go down to the local hardware store and buy some insulating plastic shrink-wrap. Ask any of the associates at the store they will know what it is. Get some double-sided tap and apply it all around the edge of your window then attach the plastic and blow dry it, this will cause it to shrink to the window. It is as good as adding another pane of glass.
Find out what kind of windows you have. Old single pane windows are still out there. To find out look at your window and if it only has one piece of glass between you and the elements then it is a single pane window. Double pain windows have two. If your windows are single pane I would highly recommend replacing them. This can be a very expensive project, but your house will be warmer and it will save you money in the long run.
Lots of houses are drafty. One place that can be checked is the exterior doors. There are kits at the hardware stores that you can buy that will help eliminate drafts from under the doors. If you can see daylight anywhere around your door you just might need to do something.
Buy a programmable digital thermostat, they are not that expensive. Program it so that at night the temperature is cooler than during the day. For example during the day set it at 70 degrees and at night set it for 67. Some of you might think that is cold, but it is not too bad. Nothing a few extra blankets won’t fix. Also remember to program it so that it turns off on the days you will not be around. Make sure the thermostat is installed in the appropriate place in the house. If it is in the biggest room then the rest of the house will be warmer than the actual temperature in that room. It will also take more heat to heat that room than a small one. But if it is in a smaller room that room will be the desirable climate and the rest of the house will be colder.
Have your heating system checked and serviced. This usually doesn’t cost that much money, but has the potential to save you some extra cash.
Probably the easiest way is to just turn the heat down. Live with it just a little bit cooler and you would be surprised how much money you will save. Although this may not be the most desirable way you want to live. Good luck this winter and stay warm.