The weather is starting to cool down, which means that we are bundling up and turning the heat on. If you are like us, then you love staying warm in the fall and winter, but who likes seeing their heating bill go up? We don’t, and you probably don’t either.
Did you know that there are some simple and effective changes that you can make around your home to lower your heating bill? Let’s take a look at some easy ways that you can save energy and money on your bills.
If you haven’t checked the insulation in your attic, that should be one of the first things that you do. Warm air rises, and when you turn on the heat, where do you think it wants to travel? Right up through your attic.
Go up in your attic and make sure that it is well insulated so that you aren’t losing valuable heat through the ceiling and the roof. Adding insulation will keep more hot air in your house, so your heater doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature.
Seal the Cracks
This is especially helpful if you live in a house that is older and if you haven’t had your windows replaced in a while. Go around the edges of your windows and doors to see where you may have cool air seeping into your house. If it is around your windows, use a little caulk to seal up the cracks to keep warm air in and keep cold air out.
If you have prominent cracks underneath your doorways that lead to the outside, you can grab sliders that fit just underneath your doorway so that you can keep the cold air out of your home. It is easy for cold air to sneak in under your doorway, so make sure that you are using some kind of padding or matting to block the warm air in.
Schedule Your Thermostat
If you are leaving your thermostat on high 24 hours a day, you are wasting a lot of money and energy. Turn your thermostat down anytime you and your family are out of the house. If you have a smart thermostat, set it to lower during the times of day that you are out of the house.
You don’t have to keep your heater running on high when you are in your house. You can save a significant amount of money by just making the choice to bundle up more when you are at home. Throw on some sweatpants and a sweatshirt when you’re home so that you can let your heater rest a little. You can even throw on some more blankets at night when you are asleep to save on heating costs.