Staying warm in the winter is crucial. However, sometimes it can cost you a pretty penny to keep your home warm and cozy in the winter. Here are some tips for reducing your heating bill.
Cut back thermostat while you’re away from home
This may seem obvious, but some people may not realize that the heat in their house is running all day while they aren’t there. There’s no sense in keeping your house warm while you aren’t in it. Cut back your thermostat while you’re out to help cut down on your heating bill.
Change out air filters
Energy Star recommends changing your air filter once a month, especially during the summer and winter when you are using your HVAC unit the most. Keeping a clean air filter will help save you money, because your unit won’t have to work as hard to heat up your home. It will also ensure that the air in your home is clean. If you’re using a clogged up air filter, allergens will spread throughout your home.
Use bubble wrap on windows and glass doors
You can use bubble wrap as an inexpensive insulator in the winter. Glass isn’t a very good insulator, and even double-pane windows will still let some heat out. You can purchase a large roll of bubble wrap for around $15, so this is a very cost-effective way to help keep heat from escaping your home. For more information on how to use bubble wrap to insulate your windows, click here.
Reverse ceiling fans
During the summer, your ceiling fan can be your best friend. Many believe that ceiling fans are only useful in the hotter months, but ceiling fans can help cut heating costs by up to 10 percent in the winter. Today’s ceiling fans come with a switch that allows you to change the direction the blades move in. When they move clockwise, the warm air that is hanging up near the ceiling moves down, warming up your home.