Winter Heating Bills Can Go Sky-High
This Winter, the cost of heating your home could consume substantially more of your household budget.
There are many things we can do to keep a rein on our Winter heating bills.
Your heating system should get a very close look. Have a service tech give your system a thorough evaluation to make sure it’s running properly.
Additionally, the federal government’s ENERGY STAR® program makes several recommendations to heat your home smartly throughout the Winter, including:
- Replace the air filter in your furnace regularly. Dirty filters reduce air flow, which makes getting the warm air to the registers a lot tougher.
- Upgrade your furnace. For furnaces over 10 years old, consider replacing them. The advanced technology in new equipment enables them to operate very efficiently.
- And the most cost-effective idea of all... add sunlight. Open drapes during the day to draw in the sun’s warmth and close them at night to insulate windows.
Take The Edge off Heating Costs
What can you do now to keep your home heating bills down and still remain warm?
- Do your own energy assessment - Visit ENERGY STAR Home Advisor Website (www.energystar.gov/homeadvisor) to get recommendations on how to become more energy efficient.
- Check for rebates - Many appliances and home improvements that increase your home’s efficiency help you save at tax time. Plus, utility companies often offer special discounts and rebates locally which can boost your savings even higher.
Time to Dust Off a Few Energy Savings Ideas?
Energy bills can be costly. Not surprisingly, heating and cooling account for over half of this amount. Here’s how to reduce energy costs and increase comfort:
- Set your thermostat below 68 degrees. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature while you’re away. A programmable thermostat can save you $180 yearly in energy costs.
- Keep your system tuned up to make sure it’s operating efficiently.