Winterize your home.
Caulking and weather stripping doors and windows will seal out cold air and help save on heating costs. Installing more insulation in your house will save energy costs as well as wrapping the hot water heater with insulation. Another great tip is to install gaskets on all electrical outlets and switches located on outside walls. They are available at hardware stores.
Install a programmable thermostat.
You can automatically lower temperature settings, especially at night when you are sleeping and during the day while at work. The Department of Energy says that setting the thermostat 5 degrees lower for just 8 hours per day can save up to 5% in energy costs. Used properly, it can save you up to $200.00 per year.
Invest in a high efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump.
Yes, it will cost you upfront, but with the money you will save on heating costs due to increased efficiency, a new system will end up paying for itself. In addition, you will have the peace of mind of having a brand new warranty, so no expensive repair bills to worry about. If you cannot afford a new system, at least have your existing system cleaned and serviced before each heating season.
Get a home energy audit.
Most Utility companies offer a home energy audit for free. Better to schedule this before winter to make sure your furnace and appliances are running as efficiently as possible.
Change your electricity supplier.
You can compare rates and often times find great deals. Review local electric suppliers and verified consumer reviews to save money on electricity.
- Fireplace damper. When your fireplace is not in use, make sure the damper is set to the closed position. An open damper is just like having a window or door open; allowing heated air to escape the house.
- Limit the use of your fireplace. Experts agree that the typical fireplace loses more heat than it generates. This is especially true in colder climates. As the smoke rises up through the chimney, the heated air from your home follows right behind. Consider installing a fireplace insert, which will make better use of the heat generated in your fireplace.
- Install a central humidifier. By using a humidifier during the heating season, not only will you be more comfortable but also you can lower your thermostat by two degrees and feel just as warm while saving money on your heating costs.
In the Toledo area and looking to save on heating costs during the colder months? Contact Bluflame and have one of our experts find the best winter HVAC options for you and your home!
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