6 Tips to Reduce Heating Bills

There are several reasons why each of us would want to reduce our heating bills. Firstly, of course, there is always a reason to save money by cutting down on unnecessary expenditures. Secondly, conserving energy is an environment friendly measure that helps to lower your carbon footprint. Producing as well as utilizing energy uses up precious resources and adds to pollution, which we can ill afford.

Lowering your energy bills is good for your pocket and good for the earth. We look at how heating and cooling Chicago or indeed heating in any other town or city can be done in a more energy efficient and economical manner.

1.     Insulation

Home insulation is important to prevent heat loss from the house. Older doors and windows may have some leaks and could be letting in more cold air, having to make your heating system work harder. So make sure that there are no leaks and that you use your drapes effectively to trap heat within the room. Attic insulation in particular can have a very beneficial impact on the home’s heating systems.

2.     Monitor your air quality

Clean filters and ensure that your ducting systems are clear. Not doing so will also increase energy consumption significantly.  During the colder months, when the heating system is working very hard, the filters can get clogged more frequently. Ensure that they are cleaned more frequently and if required, replaced. Filters, when improperly maintained, could lead to expensive repairs too.

3.     Use an energy efficient system

Ensure that the heating system you’re using isn’t power hungry. An energy efficient furnace could help you save up to 60% on your utility bills. Also ensure that maintenance and service checks are up to date. It is also possible to use a device such as a programmable thermostat to lower heating bills. These devices help you conserve energy by letting you program your heating system to go lower after you’re in bed. You can program it to lower or switch off while you’re out and to come on again when you’re due back.

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4.     Check the water heating settings

Do you really need the water in the taps to be that hot? Turning down the water heater settings can also help to significantly lower your heating bills.

5.      Use your ceiling fan

Many experts recommend that you use your ceiling fan in winter – for heating the room. As well we know, warm air rises while cool air descends. A ceiling fan will help circulate the warm air trapped at the top of the room to bring it lower and make the entire room warmer and more comfortable.

6.     Insulate yourself

Wear an extra layer when you’re hanging around the house. Place an extra blanket on the bed while you sleep. Use a fluffy throw to cuddle under as you watch a favorite movie on TV. Keep yourself warmer so that you don’t mind turning down the heating a bit. According to experts, each degree that you lower your heating thermostat can noticeably impact your heating bills.

 

About the Author:

Sarika Periwal writes home improvement and healthy living articles for online publications. She recommends All Temp for energy efficient temperature solutions for your home or office.

 

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