with what you use for energy:
areas have very low gas prices. In other places home heating
oil is reasonable. Electricity may be the energy source most
prevalent where you live, and parts of the world have little
access to any inexpensive fuels. Find out what is the best for
you to use... heat your home with the energy that is cheapest
in your area.
heating your home with the sun's help. Energy from solar panels
or using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source
is cost effective in most parts of the world. The initial cost
may seem higher, but over the long run it costs the least and
many energy hungry areas provide generous tax rebates for installing
is plentiful where you live, have a professional install a wood
think about using that thermostat as an assistant in your money
spring and fall, turn off the heat unless the temperature outside
gets below freezing.
variations near the thermostat will affect the whole house.
Be sure your thermostat is located in an area that is not too
cold or hot.
an automatic timer to keep the thermostat at 68 degrees during
the day and 55 degrees at night. If it seems chilly - put on
layered clothing indoors during cold weather. Some of the new
synthetics are the best for thermal layering. If you live in
a cold climate and can comfortably walk around in a tank top
and shorts - you're wasting money!
a look at your window insulation for a clear view of heating bill savings - and don't forget the
doors and insulation in other spaces where air can carry your
valuable heat away:
or thermal windows in colder areas. The layer of air between
the windows acts as insulation and helps keep the heat inside
where you want it.
concentrate on the windows... install storm doors before the
cold weather arrives.
those draperies and shades in winter to let in the heat from
the sunshine. If you're worried about fading the furniture -
use a slipcover.
trees from blocking the suns rays into your house. Prune any
branches that block the sunlight.
installed awning to block the sun in the summer make sure you
take them off before the cold weather hits. You want the energy
provided by sun-exposed windows during winter months - take
full advantage of those warming rays on your windows.
closed during cold weather, but be careful to "air out
the house" on a regular basis to avoid buildup of any toxins.
see that glass in all windows have fresh putty. If the putty
in your windows is dry and cracked you may want to consider
adding some newer sealant. Also seal any visible cracks with
weather-stripping or cloth - newspapers will do if you're desperate.
Some folks just staple a sheet of clear plastic tarp over very
old windows for the winter.
all cracks and holes, large or small, in your roof,
walls, doors and windows. Make sure you seal off anywhere that
heat might escape.
Window sealants are
a quick & easy way
to keep cold air out.
You may be
able to cut heat loss in half by weather-stripping doors and
windows. Don't forget the weather-stripping on your attic and
basement doors to prevent heat from escaping.
areas it makes sense to move furniture away from any exterior
walls. Putting some space between you and the cold walls makes
the house seem warmer and leaving room for the air to move around
actually makes it warmer.
upgrading the insulation in your home. If you haven't already,
insulate your attic and all outside walls.
floors over unheated spaces such as your basement, any crawl
spaces and your garage. You actually lose more heat through
poorly insulated floor spaces and basements in the average house
than through drafty doors and windows. The savings here could
be as high as $500 a year!
the attic, garage, basement, spare bedrooms and storage areas.
Heat only those rooms that you use.
away for an extended time (or if you need to winterize a vacation home) turn off the heat and the
hot water heater. Don't do this for short term absences. It
can take more energy to heat up the cold water than you saved.
around any pipes, wires, vents or other openings that could
transfer your heat to areas that are not heated. While you're
at it - caulk those baseboards to keep the heat from seeping
Despite its name, duct tape does not adequately seal joints and has a short lifespan. Instead, wrap heating
ducts with foil tape. Putting insulation around pipes
that need it is also an energy saver.
a wonderful insulator and tends to build up on radiators and
baseboard heat vents. It keeps the heat from getting into the
rooms where you need it... dust or vacuum all radiator surfaces
fortune gets lost by homeowners who try to cut corners by not
having their furnace in tip-top shape:
money by maintaining
your furnace throughout the
home heating season.
you use your furnace for the first time in the cold weather have it serviced. Many gas and oil companies provide
this in your service contract or for a small additional fee
and it could amount to savings of up to $400.
your gas, oil or electric company to see if you can be put on
a level billing contract. This doesn't really save money, but
does help you to budget for the heating season and makes heating
bills more affordable.
your furnace during the cold months. Keep parts clean. Replace
air filters when necessary. Clean filters can save up to $60
a year on heating costs.
that furnace cold air and warm air registers are not obstructed
and vacuum them clean once a month.
your furnace pilot light when heat is not necessary.
for cracks around fireplace. Keep heat in by caulking all cracks.
a fireplace or heater will help save money? It can work if you do it right:
damper closed when not in use.
heat when the fireplace is being used.
front or glass screen will reduce fireplace heat loss.
ratings before purchasing appliances of any kind.
blanket is much less expensive than heating your bedroom.
Your kitchen is a great place for energy savings. Just follow this
cut down on the use of kitchen and bathroom fans in winter.
These fans cool the air and waste household heat.
and pans when heating liquids.
utensils with flat bottoms and tight fitting covers save heat.
pots and pans are right size for range burners and elements.
meals so that entire meal can be prepared in oven at same time.
meats to almost room temperature before cooking.
your oven about five minutes before cooking time is over. The
heat in the oven will keep on cooking your food, and you'll
save on gas or electric bills.
the oven often to check food while it's cooking. You lose 20
to 50 percent of the heat each time you do - and you slow down
the cooking process.
your stove for heating. It doesn't do a good job, it's bad for
the stove and it could be dangerous.
A few last hot tips for saving on your heating bills:
open flames or candles for heating. Damage from fires is much
more expensive than heating bills.
teach children to keep doors closed and discuss other ways of
conserving heat and saving energy. If yours haven't turned out
a light since they were old enough to stop playing with the
light switch - good luck!
see if you qualify for any government assistance with your heating
bills if you have a low
income or are a senior citizen on a fixed income.
breaks and homeowner's insurance policies for savings when you
add energy conserving items to your home.
your local electric company to find out if they have times during
the day when the rates are lower. Using the oven, dishwasher,
washing machine and other energy demanding appliances during
these times may lead to big savings. Be careful. Some plans
may make you pay a premium price for using electric during peak
hours and you'll need to make sure to do wash and other chores
during the off hours.
your utility company for other suggestions for saving
money on your heating bills. Many companies will actually
send someone to your house for a home energy audit and offer
suggestions to help you use less energy.