Keeping a home warm during the colder months here in the Pacific Northwest can be costly. With the rise of energy costs, many households are facing higher energy bills. Below are 6 steps that can help save some $$ on your heating bill this Winter.
Check for leaks using a lighter or candle held up to the window and look for the smoke drifting sideways. This is an easy fix with weatherstripping. It typically comes in rolls and you just cut to your size and stick where needed. And easily comes off during the Spring. Make sure to check exterior doors and interior garage doors. Another common place for leaks, electrical outlet boxes.
Good rule of thumb is to have your heating unit serviced every Fall to avoid any issues once the cold hits. And make sure you change your furnace filter every 3 months all year long.
Use thick blackout curtains at night to prevent drafts from escaping. Also, consider buying Window Shrink Film to put on your windows. This is a very fast and inexpensive way to keep heat in and the cold out!
Hardwood and tile may be in fashion but they don’t hold the heat like carpet. Add thick rugs to hardwood or tile to help keep the heat in, especially for rooms over garages and porches that can be FREEZING in the winter.
Even turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees can save you up to 10% off your heating bill. If you add the extra layers (sweaters, socks etc) you may not even notice the change.
If you have rooms that are rarely used, close off the heating vents and shut the doors. Less space to heat = lower heating bills. The same goes for closing the basement door or installing a door if you do not have one. However, make sure you do heat the basement as the heat will rise to the first floor in your house.
What do you plan to do this Winter to help save on YOUR heating bill?