5 Tips To Lower Your Heating Bill
During those frigid winter months, we try to fight the Polar Vortex without emptying our wallets. Heat is a necessity for survival, especially in regions prone to extreme cold, but you should be able to comfortably afford this utility. While most people will tell you to simply put on layers of clothing and “live with it”, here are some other tips to help you lower those heating costs.
Winterize Your Home
Making sure your home is properly protected from the elements will go a long way to keeping the bills reasonable. Here are several things you should consider doing to your home in order to maximize your heat efficiency.
- Caulk/Weather Strip Windows and Doors – Caulk around the edge of leaky window or door frames to seal heat from escaping and drafts from coming in. Weather stripping are spools of sticky foam or rubber insulation that can be applied to the frames of windows or doors. Both caulk and weather stripping are readily available at your local hardware store.
- Wrap Windows – Upgrade to double pane windows. If that is a little out of budget, simply buy the plastic wrap kits and adhere it to your window frame using the double-sided tape. You can use a hair dryer to stretch the plastic tightly across the window.
- Seal Cracks – Trusty caulk or spray foam are ideal for sealing any gaps or cracks from where pipes pass through a home or basement. Even insulate around your water heater.
- Curtains – While not everyone has curtains in their home, these are a fantastic way to improve heat efficiency because heavy curtains can block drafts. Be sure to open any south-facing windows in the daylight hours to let in the heat from the sun. Keep all other curtains consistently closed throughout the winter.
- Electrical Sockets – Any electrical outlets on exterior walls should be insulated in some way to prevent drafts from slipping through the cracks. Either install gaskets on these outlets or use spray foam or acrylic caulk.
In the end, you have plenty of options available to you in order to increase your heat efficiency and lower your bill. One of the biggest priorities in your home is your heating and cooling systems so you will want to treat those exceptionally well. Even if you only do a couple of recommendations listed, you will start to see an improvement in how well your home stores heat in the winter.
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