We understand that your heating bill can add up and become very expensive. Fortunately, there are simple things that you can do to help keep your heating bill low during the rest of the winter and spring.
Let the Sun Shine In!
If you have a lot of curtains and blinds in your home, open them up on bright, sunny days and let the sun shine if for a few hours. Even though the temperature is cold outside, when the sun shines indoors it can help heat up your home. Turn down the heat a few degrees and enjoy the natural light and warmth! On the other hand, remember to cover your windows when it is dark and cold outside.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Nowadays, there are all types of easy-to-use thermostats that connect to Wi-Fi and can be adjusted from your smartphone. This means that while you are at work or out of the house for a few hours, you can turn the heat down from your phone, and then turn it back up before you go home. Set a daily reminder on your phone’s calendar to do this. Making the switch to this type of thermostat is a great way to save a few dollars on your heating bill.
Increase Your Home’s Humidity Level
It is recommended for homes to have a humidity range of 30-50 percent. Dry air is cold air, meaning that if your home’s humidity level is low, your home will be chilly and you are likely cranking up the heat. Placing humidifiers throughout the home, or adding plants and watering them regularly are a great way to add humidity. Once the humidity range in your home is on track, you will be able to turn down the heat and feel more comfortable.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
Lowering your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees will not feel all that different or be that noticeable, so you may as well do it! This will reduce your heating bill without even needing to change the temperature of your showers.
Spread Heat That is Already There
Take a hot shower with the bathroom door open and the heat and steam will spread throughout your home instead of trapping all of the heat in the bathroom. Starting a fire in your fireplace and cooking a hot meal are other easy ways to bring in some heat without turning up your heat.
Get a Check Up
Have you not had a professional look at your systems recently? It is a good idea to schedule an appointment to insure that everything is running smoothly and that you are not paying more than you need to. You can also do a check up yourself by making sure that all of the filters in your heating system are clean.
Warmer weather is thankfully around the corner! But until then, follow these tips and save yourself some extra money. Stay warm!