The wind will blow and the snow will fall. Yet winter doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on your heating bills—not when you’re armed with these energy-saving tips.
As far as heating is concerned, you’ll spend more this year than last year. The federal government estimates that across the country, the price of heating your home WILL increase this winter.
If you’re on a budget right now, that isn’t the news you want to hear. You’re already stretched thin, so spending more money on your heating and cooling costs isn’t appealing. Take heart though, we’ve got some energy-saving tips—formulated to help combat cold winter temperatures.
Some of these energy-saving tips are good habits other ones are home improvement projects. Finally, others are suggestions to invest in some energy-saving tech. Use some — or all — of our energy-saving tips to reduce your heating bills this winter.
Energy Savings Tips
- Plastic Wrap Your Windows
This energy-saving tip is all about keeping the warmth in and the cold out. If you put your hand on the glass of your window, it’ll feel cold, won’t it?
Your windows are one of the biggest places heat leaves and cold air enters. Taping plastic wrap over your windows might not be an attractive interior decorating choice, but it will keep your house warm.
That’ll save you some money on every energy bill.
Plastic wrapping your windows is one of our valuable energy saving tips
Covering and taping all of your windows shouldn’t take more than a few hours, but it’ll save you money for a few months. This is one of our energy-saving tips that qualifies as a home improvement project.
- Keep Your Blinds Open
The sun burns at about 10,000 Fahrenheit. A small fraction of that in the form of light can warm your home on a bright winter day.
Keep your blinds open to score some FREE heat.
- Seal Unexpected Leaks
Cracks and leaks around doors can introduce cold winter air into your home. If you feel air leaking around edges of your doors or windows, you can add a layer of sealant or caulk and dramatically limit the leakage.
Sealing leaks around the house are one of our energy-saving tips
Once again, this shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two, but it can translate to months of energy savings.
- Use Your Ceiling Fan (if you have one)
If this energy-saving tip leaves you scratching your head, let us explain.
While ceiling fans are primarily a way to keep cool, they don’t change the temperature of the air, they circulate it.
Considering that warm air rises, running your ceiling fan circulates WARM AIR to keep you warm, meaning you spend less on heating. If you already have a ceiling fan, feeling a little warmer is as simple as flipping a switch. During winter, run your fan clockwise at low speed, this will push the air down and to the walls.
- Upgrade to an Energy-Saving Thermostat
One of the most costly ways that homeowners waste energy is by heating or cooling their home when they aren’t home. Upgrading to an advanced thermostat either Wi-Fi or programmable allows ensuring you only heat the house when your inside.
Upgrading to an efficient thermostat is one of our energy-saving tips.
This is one of the energy-saving tips that pulls double duty, saving you money on cooling costs in the summer.
Read more about these advanced thermostats.
- Always Wear Socks Inside
You’ve probably heard that most body heat escapes from your head and feet. You probably won’t want to wear your beanie inside, but you can keep yourself a little warmer by wearing socks inside.
Feel warmer and keep on that budget.
- Get a Furnace or Boiler Tuneup
Having an expert HVAC technician look over your heating system not only keeps it running, but it also keeps it running at maximum efficiency.
Getting a tuneup is one of our energy-saving tips.
When technicians tuneup your furnace or boiler, they’ll remedy normal wear and tear, ensuring your system runs at maximum efficiency. You can save money on every bill by ensuring your heating system is in factory condition.
- Replace Your Furnace or Boiler (only if it’s old and inefficient)
Sometimes you have to spend money to save money — long term.
The system has become more efficient over the years. If your system is truly archaic, you could be losing MASSIVE amounts of money from your inefficient furnace or boiler.
In addition, you may be headed for a massive financial hit if your antique furnace or boiler fails, necessitating emergency maintenance.
Energy Saving Tips: Wrap-up
Some of these energy savings tips take mere seconds, others require an afternoon of hard work, and finally, some of our tips require a serious conversation about finances.
Even though the Federal Government suggested that you WILL likely pay more on heating bills than last year, you can buck that trend. Employing these energy-saving tips can keep feeling comfortable while saving money on your heating bills.
If you found these energy-saving tips helpful, forward them to other budget-conscious friends and family members.
Contact us at (732) 355-3959 to schedule a furnace or boiler tune-up or for all your HVAC needs.