6 Ways To Cut Your Energy Bill This Winter
When winter months arrive, energy bills skyrocket. No matter how hard you try to cut your energy bill, nothing seems to work. This winter, you can change that. All it takes is a short tour of your home.
Eliminate household problems that are affecting the temperature in your home…and your bill.
Replace worn out weather stripping.
Worn-out weather stripping can leak cold air into your home. This leads to drafts. Your furnace is forced to kick start in order to replace the lost heat. This equates to more energy expended and a higher bill.
Purchase a portable heater.
Adding a space heater to high traffic areas in your home allows you to turn down the furnace. This is another great way to cut overall heating costs. You’ll still enjoy a comfortable environment without the excess energy expended from the furnace. Bonus: you can turn the heater on and off easily, unlike restarting your furnace.
Cover your windows with plastic film.
In the winter, windows are a huge avenue for heat loss. The plastic layer creates a barrier between the window and the heat inside your home. It has a double-pane effect. You can find these wraps at most home repair store and they are easy to install. 25 percent of heat loss in homes comes from windows, so this is an important step if you want to cut your energy bill.
Invest in programmable thermostat.
Many models are affordable and allow you to preset temperatures through a 24-hour period. You can program a lower temperature for when you aren’t home. That way you are not wasting money on heating an empty house.
Open some windows.
Letting in natural sunlight increases the temperature in your home without turning up the thermostat. To make this even more effective, clear any trees or bushes from the surrounding area. This will create a clear path for the sunlight to enter your home.
Keep vents clear.
Make sure to strategically place furniture away from vents. You want to keep the air pathways clear. Placing furniture over the vents blocks the warm air from heating your home evenly and properly.