How to Reduce Home Winter Fuel Costs
As a home owner, you can reduce your winter fuel costs in several ways, ranging from simple, inexpensive changes to significant home modifications. Here are some simple tips to stay cozy, and comfortable and keep your winter fuel costs down this winter.
It is that time of year when temperatures drop, and home heating bills go up. You can reduce your winter fuel costs in several ways, ranging from simple and inexpensive changes to significant modifications. Here are some simple tips to stay cozy, and comfortable and keep winter fuel costs down this winter.
During the winter months, experts recommend strategically adjusting your thermostat. You can adjust your thermostat manually or install a programmable thermostat to do it automatically on your chosen schedule. Adjusting the thermostat to be as low and comfortable as possible when you are at home and awake can help save on heating costs.
It pays to think in eight-hour segments. You can save as much as 10% a year on your home heating and cooling costs by turning back your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees from its regular setting for 8 hours daily.
Set the temperature slightly lower when you are asleep or away from home. Using an extra blanket can help you save on your heating bill. Take advantage of the heat from the sun during the day. Open your drapes; pull up your shades and let the sun in.
Don’t allow heat to escape the inside of your home. By sealing air leaks in your home, an average household can save 10%-20% on heating bills. Two easy ways to prevent air from leaking in your home are by using weather-stripping and caulk. Weather stripping works best doors and windows.
Start is by checking your exterior door frames. Replace any weather-stripping that is deteriorated or cracked. If you have drafty windows, install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades.
Another way to reduce air leaks in your home is to seal cracks and gaps. It is best to use caulk, a flexible material that works best on non-moving surfaces. For example, caulk can help seal cracks in areas where the window frame meets the house structure.
The best way to pinpoint what will reduce your home’s overall energy consumption is to hire a professional energy auditor or heating contractor to help you identify all the inefficiencies. Hiring a professional may cost you a little bit, but it will save you money in the long run.
In addition to showing where to tape, caulk and seal areas in your home, they may suggest improvements that require a significant investment. Adding insulation or upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and products such as new HVAC systems and high-performance windows will also help lower your heating bills.
Call us at 610-379-1099 or search our member directory for a heating contractor.