In a cold winter like this, there’s no way to avoid higher utility bills because, hey, you have to keep warm. But the good news is that there are ways to keep that bill under control. Here are five tips to reduce your heating bill:
1. Use A Programmable Thermostat. Get a thermostat that can be programmed–it will earn its keep, trust me–and schedule it so that the heat only comes on when you most need it. We turn the heat down at night and while we’re at work. Not only is this convenient, is saves money by fostering more efficient energy use.
2. Cut Off Sections Of The House. This is a little like turning off a light when you leave a room–why heat a room when you aren’t using it? I close up my guest room completely during the winter, and I keep the door to my bedroom closed during the day. These are two fewer rooms that I need to pay to heat.
3. Try Spot Heating. If you spend most of your day in one room, it can make financial sense to get a small heater and use that instead of heating your whole house. In my case, I spend the day in my office, so I use a heater to warm that room and keep the rest of the house at a lower temperature. That way I’m only heating what I’m using.
4. Block Off Drafts. It may not look that pretty, but a rolled up towel in a windowsill or under a door is a great way to keep the house warmer. Of course you can always invest in double pane windows or better weather stripping, but in the meantime, blocking drafts with whatever is at hand will save you a surprising amount of money.
5. Sweaters, Socks, and Blankets. Of course, you know about this one. Wearing warm clothing is the easiest way to save money on the heating bill. Make a rule that if you are cold, you have to put on warm clothes before you can turn up the thermostat.
How do you save money on your heating bill?