With summer almost over and fall fast approaching, we are sad for not only the change in weather but also the increase in the heating bill. The bill will slowly start to climb and burn a hole in our pockets. We believe that there is nothing we can do about this, but there is. We can do small things around the house by ourselves to reduce the bill.
Here are some low cost advice:
Turn down the water heater. Turn down the thermostat 10 degrees when you go to work, and again when you go to bed — a total of 16 hours a day — and you can save about 14% on your heating bill. The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat.
Turn down the water heater. Lowering the temperature of water in the water heater to 115-120 degrees reduces power use often without a noticeable difference to the user
Keep heating vents clear. Vents blocked by rugs and furniture prevent heated air from circulating efficiently
Use curtains. Opening curtains and shades on south-facing windows during the day allows solar radiation to warm a living space; closing all curtains at night helps retard the escape of that heat.
Winterize windows and doors. Seal windows and unused door air tight, so the cold doesn’t get it. The dollar store and other discount stores sell items to seal the gaps.
Buy a low-flow shower head. A water-efficient shower head (often less than $20) can use 25% to 50% less hot water, saving both on water and power bills, with little to no reduction in user satisfaction
Keep your furnace in shape. Replace the air filter ($4-$16) according to manufacturer’s directions and your heating system will operate more efficiently. Oil-fired boilers should be cleaned and tuned annually, and gas systems, every two years($100-$125). By maintaining your heating unit, you can save between 3% and 10% on heating bills.