15 Ways to Cut Heating Costs This Winter
Household heating systems use more energy and costs more than any other system in your home. The U.S. Department of Energy states that heating comprises about 42% of the average utility bill of a household. A heating system that operates at peak efficiency will ensure saving money on energy costs.
Irrespective of the kind of heating system you have in your house, you can save about 30% on your utility bill, increase family comfort, and reduce environmental emissions by properly maintaining and upgrading your HVAC unit along with recommended insulation, thermostat settings, and air sealing.
15 Unbeatable Energy Saving Tips
Here are a few simple steps homeowners can take to cut heating costs and lower your heating bill:
- Clean or change the air filter every month or as recommended.
- Use a programmable thermostat. It can save up to 10 percent on energy bills by setting the temperature seven or eight degrees lower than the normal temperature setting. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 68 degrees — for eight hours a day, either during working days or at night.
- Insulate your home exterior walls, crawl spaces, and ceilings using insulation at recommended levels for thickness and R-factor (effectiveness) to reduce heating costs by 40% or more.
- Seal air leaks and heat escapes from hard-to-see places like foundation, attic, and air ducts in your house
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure furniture, carpet, or drapes don’t block them.
- Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a year
- Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
- Install or replace exhaust fans with high efficiency, low noise models. Switch off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes of use.
- During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to come into your home and closed at night to restrict chill from cold windows.
- Cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film tightly to the inside of your window frames during winter months to help reduce infiltration. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed when fire is not burning so that it doesn’t allow warm air to escape from the chimney. If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
- Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to warm setting of 120°F. When replacing water heaters, install indirect water heaters and on-demand hot water systems that can save money while providing an endless hot water supply.
- Install outdoor reset controls and sensors for boilers to run efficiently with less fuel save up to 10% on your heating costs
- Install additional outer storm doors that act as first defense against wind, and create trapped air between the doors. This becomes an effective “dead air” insulation barrier.
- Plant evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and northwest of your home to block winter winds and reduce wind chill and create insulating dead air space.
Heating System Checks Save You Money
Handy homeowners may be able to apply some of the tips recommended above. However, in order to achieve optimal efficiency, it is prudent to get your heating system checked by a professional technician to identify any potential repairs needed.
Only an efficient furnace will not make huge impact in lowering your energy bills. A whole-house system approach needs to be adopted to optimize home energy efficiency.
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