Heating bills can be substantial for both new home owners and those that have loved their home for years. Fortunately there are way to reduce the cost and keep yourself warm on those cold nights!
1. Improve your insulation
You can hire a company to blow more insulation in your attic, walls and cavities, or with the gear and protection you can do it yourself by laying sheet of fiberglass insultation between the attic bats, exposed ceiling joists, and crawl spaces.
2. Service your equipment
Remember to replace you furnace filters every 3 months, examine your duct work, look for holes and gaps. 20%-40% of heating energy can be lost through holes.
3. Deal with doors and windows
Grab a caulking gun and go around your windows from the inside and outside. Fill any gaps that you find. Add storm windows to the outside, as well as cellophane window film inside. Another option is to apply weather stripping and a door sweep, preventing drafts when placed along the bottom of the door.
4 Check the chimney
Be sure that the flue and damper is closed, they are basically huge holes letting all the heat in the house out and all the cash in your pocket as well.
5. Manage your water.
Many water pipes in your basement are exposed, you can wrap them in precut foam tubes the insulate them. Heating water can account for more than 10% of your utility bills so make sure your tank is running ship shape.
You can also buy a tank blanket for your water heater. It takes minutes to apply and can save up to 9% on your utility bill.
6. Install a programmable thermostat.
Keep it lower when you are away at work, vacation, even when you sleep. It can warm the house right before you wake up or get home.
7. Add vents to radiators.
Vents allow you to control the heat coming our of each radiator so you can keep some spaces cooler than others.
8. Seal access points.
Electrical outlets on the outside wall let cold air in, too. Wallplate insulators are cheap, widely available and easy to install. Plumping, electrical and gas piping that leads outside can be sealed with spray foam to seal out the cold.
9. Choose window coverings carefully.
Hang thick ones - many off the shelf panels come with an insulating later, be sure to close them after dark to keep the heat in.
10. Use ceiling fans.
They're not just for summer. Most come with a reverse setting that pushes hot air down the outside wall, warming up the room.