Written on: December 21, 2020
With winter arriving, you may be worried about your heating costs. Especially with the holidays approaching and these uncertain times.
We’ve also put together a few tips to help you keep your heating costs down without having to sacrifice warmth or comfort.
It may be cold out, but the sun can still warm your home. Leave your curtains and blinds open during the day to take advantage of solar heating. When the sun goes down, close them to retain all that heat you brought in. Your heating system won’t turn on as often, meaning you’ll use less energy!
When the wind comes sweeping down the plain, do you get a chill in your home? If so, it’s time to do something about those drafts! Drafts can cause heat loss that’s the equivalent of leaving a window open 24/7, and force your heating system to work harder and more frequently to keep your home warm. Some simple projects involving caulk, door sweeps, weatherstripping, expanding foam, and other projects can help block those drafts and reduce your heating costs by up to 10%! The U.S. Department of Energy has more tips for ending drafts.
Now is a good time to make sure your thermostat is working properly. If not, take the time to replace it. If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat, this would be the perfect opportunity to upgrade to one. These thermostats pay for themselves in a short time because they can help you save up to 10% on your heating (and cooling!) costs.
But to get those savings, you need to know how to program your thermostat. Here’s what the Department of Energy recommends: