The cold winter months are infamous for a spike in your energy bill. It doesn’t always have to be that way, though. You can have a warm, cozy home and a reasonable energy bill. Here’s how to reduce your heating costs this winter.
What raises my heating bill?
Before we talk about how to reduce your heating bill, let’s take a look at what could be making it so high.
Condition of your home
Depending on the age of your home, it’s possible that there is little to no insulation. Without insulation, it will be difficult for your home to retain heat. The same can be said about the sealing on your doors and windows. A lack of tight sealing can also result in a lack of heat. If you live in an older home and struggle with heat during the winter, here’s how you can make some changes to reduce energy usage.
Did you know that up to 25% of the heat in your home is lost through small openings? Stay on top of these openings to ensure that the precious warm air isn’t escaping:
- Power outlets
Condition of your HVAC system
An older HVAC unit will result in energy inefficiency as well. It may seem like a higher cost up front to replace the system in your home, but it can help reduce the price of bills in the future. This guide on furnaces and boilers may help you decide if you should take the plunge on replacing your heating system.
Your own habits
The way you use the heating in your home can be a detriment to your energy bill. For example, is the heat running like normal if no one is home? Does your family tend to bundle up or wear more breathable clothes? These factors could be causing you to use more energy than necessary.
So now that we know some factors that lead to an increase in our energy bill, how do we reduce heating costs? Let’s take a look.
1. Take advantage of that sunshine!
Sunshine can be a rarity in winter, but once it comes around, feel free to open up some doors and even windows if it’s warm enough.
2. Lower your thermostat
This one may seem obvious, but lowering the temperature just 1 degree can help reduce heating costs without freezing your home.
3. Use energy monitors
This is an excellent way to see which of your appliances use the most energy. You can adjust your energy usage from there.
4. Explore different energy suppliers.
5. Use hot water bottles instead of electric blankets.
6. Draw the curtains at night to keep that warmth in.
Everyone uses their energy differently, so the best way to lower your heating bill is to consider the way you use your appliances and heating and adjust from there. Let us know how you reduce your heating costs in the winter!