With smart technology and advanced heating systems, adjusting your heating bills and cutting them down has become easier than ever. However, many people neglect efficient behaviour and practices when it comes to heating, and continue to pay out a tremendous sum of money.
To help everyone out on that front, I’ve come up with six useful strategies that’ll assist all homeowners with lowering their energy consumption and consequently saving money. Most of the measures can be taken daily to contribute to the lowering of your heating costs. By learning about affordable actions such as these, you’ll be able to gradually yet significantly increase your home’s overall budget over the years.
Use the sun to its max
Homeowners still tend to neglect a vital source of light and energy—the sun—although solar technology has become part of the industry and various gadgets now use its power instead of other sources of energy. To make use of the power of the sun, you don’t need to invest in a solar roof, although that’s a wise idea as well. Simply open the shades or curtains on your windows that face South and let the sun’s rays naturally warm your home.
Pay attention to windows
In order to keep heat in your home, you must also focus on insulation. The critical places where cold air can seep in and cool your heated home include all of your windows. During severe winters, it’s best to cover your windows with clear plastic sheets or film to make sure there’s no way for cold air to enter. This’ll profoundly affect your home’s overall energy-efficiency level, since heat will no longer be able to slip out.
Control the temperature
This easy trick can help you save up to 13 percent annually on your heating (or cooling) bills. When you’re at home and doing things around the house, try adjusting the thermostat to the lowest level that’s convenient. When you leave your home, cut the temperature about 10 degrees. If you find this to be a hassle, the smartest thing to do is obtain an intelligent thermostat that’ll do the job for you, while keeping your home comfortable.
Look for leaks
As mentioned, the silliest cause of expensive home heating bills, and one of the most common, is allowing heat to slip out or cold air to enter. Due to this risk, detecting leaks is crucial, and to stop wasting money, you’ll need to search for leaks in places such as chimneys, pipes, doors and penetrated ceilings. Luckily, sealing leaks is easy and cheap. The best method for sealing a leak is applying caulk and weatherstripping, which are both available at home supply stores.
Watch your heating system
You can forget about saving money on heating if you haven’t got the right heating system. Heating systems are like any other component of your home—they need to be checked regularly. Since a heating system will work continually during the winter, it’s obligatory to schedule service in the fall.
Every type of HVAC system has different properties and problems. For instance, for furnaces and heat pumps, you should ensure that the filter is changed once a month. On the other hand, if you use wood-burning heating, then you’ll have to clean your vents regularly. Neglecting your heating system can be harmful for both the energy-efficiency of your home and your health.
Cut down on water-heating costs
Another element people often forget about is the significant cost of heating water in their home, and the first step to spending less on this is buying an ENERGY STAR heater. ENERGY STAR appliances are certified devices that use less energy than others in order to deliver similar results; therefore, they’re eco-friendly.
These appliances do involve a bigger financial investment than the other strategies outlined above, but when you look at things from a long-term perspective, they’ll end up saving you a tremendous amount of money. Regardless of what type of water heater you choose, it’s always cost-effective to keep it on a warm setting (around 49 degrees Celsius) instead of turning it up higher.
Say goodbye to huge heating bills
Now that we’ve entered the 21st century, there’s no reason why you should be paying a skyrocketing sum for heating. By making frequent use of modern technology, energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly practices, you can ensure that huge heating bills become a thing of the past!
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Matt is a home improvement writer working for The Cool Roofing Company in Atlanta, GA. He supports the sustainable living movement: green roofs and solar energy use.