Many days, it feels like this winter has been one of the coldest winters in recent history. With low temperatures and a wind chill that makes it feel even colder, even I’ve been forced to cover up my dress shirt for something a bit warmer (like, say, my trusty fleece sweatshirt and my new, super-cheap Old Navy fleece hat). And, while warm clothing is always nice, heating is perhaps even more important. But is there such a thing as affordable heating? And is there a way to save on heating so that staying warm doesn’t have a high price tag or induce feelings of guilt? I’d like to propose 8 ways to save on heating expenses so that you can enjoy the winter guilt-free.
- Seal drafty windows and doors which may let in cold air. Sealing the cracks or replacing windows with those that aren’t drafty can save money on heating by requiring less heat to keep the house warm.
- Lower the heat when it’s not being used. Running the heat on full power when nobody is entirely unnecessary and is a significant waste of money. You can instantly save on heating by lowering the temperature during the day or other times when nobody is home.
- Reduce the temperature during the night. When you’re snuggled under your covers at night, you don’t need the heat on high. Program your thermostat to reduce the temperature at night so that you won’t pay more for heat you don’t really need.
- Keep your heating system up to date. It may expensive to have your heat maintained regularly, but keeping it in tip-top shape is a way to make sure that you don’t overpay on heating expenses.
- Turn off the heat in rooms that aren’t used. Don’t use your guest room? Don’t be afraid to keep the heat off.
- Ask for help. Most often, local utility companies are happy to offer advice to consumers about how to implement an affordable heating plan. Utility companies may even send a representative over to help make specific suggestions about how to improve your heating system’s efficiency.
- Dust or vacuum radiators regularly. Believe it or not, dusty radiators hinder the circulation of warm air- clean them off for optimal heat.
- Keep closet doors closed when not in use. Why spend money heating your walk-in closet? Keep the door closed and you’ll save on heating just by not heating unnecessary spaces.