Keep these tips in mind to lower that heating bill next month!
- If your feet are cold, your whole body will feel cold, so make a point of wearing socks around the house in the winter. The next step if you’re still feeling cold: Bundle up in a sweater or a blanket rather than cranking up the heat.
- Lock your windows to ensure that no cool air is sneaking through!
- Don’t rely on a portable heater. Keeping your home overly cool and relying on small portable heaters to keep you warm is not likely to save you money in the long run. One portable heater that runs for eight hours a day can add over $60 a monthto your bill.
- Turn down your water heater to 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. You could save more than 10 percent on your water heating bill.
- Inspect and tune-up your residential heating system regularly. A heating system that runs well is more efficient and saves money.
- Change your furnace filter regularly. Clean filters will increase efficiency.
- Consider switching to a propane water heater. Propane water heaters can save up to one third as compared to electricity, and they heat more than twice as much water in an hour as a comparable electric model.
- Wrap your water heater in an insulating blanket.
- Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediment.
- Vacuum dust off refrigerator coils every three months. It takes less energy to cool that way. Check the gaskets around the door and make sure it shuts tight.
- Install flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.
- Run washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers with a full load.
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