Tips to Reduce Heating Costs

Here's a few tips I found on how to keep your heating costs as low as possible, without going out to buy a new high-efficiency furnace or completely renovate your existing home.

1. I've said this one before, but it's worth repeating: turn down your thermostat! Each degree that you turn the heat down will make a difference in your heating costs. Please keep in mind that older persons should be careful to avoid temperatures too low. Older people can be more susceptible to hypothermia. Be careful too to dress family members warmly enough, especially if you have infants in the house!

2. Too cold at night when the heat is down? Consider extra blankets for the bed. An electric blanket can also be a cost effective option.

3. Keep the doors of cabinets, pantries, closets, and storage rooms closed. Why heat them unless you have to?

4. Wear some extra clothing! Long sleeved sweaters can be worn over long sleeved shirts. Layers have always been the stock in trade of staying warm. Wearing such clothing should enable you to keep the heat at a lower setting.

5. Here's an easy one: Use the kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans sparingly during cold weather. In just one hour, these fans can blow away a houseful of heated air.

6. If you've just finished cooking a meal in the oven, open the oven door to allow the remaining heat to help warm the kitchen. Easy and sure to help keep the house warmed.

7. Keep those heating vents (if you have them) unobstructed! Whatever your heat source, it should be able to disperse heat easily into the room. Those plastic vent covers can make sure that the heat from a vent makes it past the drapes.

8. Have you had your heating unit checked lately? Make sure it's working as it should.

9. If you have filters on your heating system, clean or replace them regularly! When you have a dirty filter, you are actually losing heat to your home.

10. Got radiators? Dust or vacuum the surfaces frequently. Dust also robs you of some of the heat from these units.

11. Insulate your heating ducts, and hot water pipes, especially in unheated areas of your home like the basement or attic. It will minimize heat loss!

Winter's coming. It will pay to be ready!

Michael

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