Tired of rising heat costs? Well, brace yourself, because they are expected to remain high this winter. Reduce your stress and your bill too with these energy saving tips.
Rising Home Heating Bills
Heating costs are expected to remain high this winter, pinching the finances of millions of lower income families. The National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA) reports the price for home heating will stay near record levels. The good news is the cost of natural gas heating is expected to decline by 7.8 percent, lowering the average bill to $726. However, heating oil prices are expected to rise 8.7 percent. Homes heated by propane can expect a 4.2 percent increase in cost.
How to Reduce Your Energy Bill
Heat typically makes up more than 40 percent of a household utility bill. There are steps you can take to lower your energy bill and improve the efficiency of your home heating system.
Heat loss is a common problem. No home is air-tight, and warm air could slip outside through cracks and crevices. Cold air can also seep into your house through small openings, leading to a loss of up to one-quarter of your home’s heat. Areas of concern include windows, doors, fireplaces, the roof, and floors. Windows that are left open even a crack invite the cold air in.
Ways to Conserve Heat
- Keep the thermostat down, especially at night. Lowering it by 10 degrees can save you up to 10% annually on heating costs.
- Bundle up. Wear extra layers of clothing and put socks on. Throw one or two extra blankets on your bed at night so you can keep the thermostat down.
- Set the water heater temperature to 120 degrees. This can save you up to 11% in water heating costs.
- Open window blinds, shades, and curtains during the day to let the sun in. Close them at night for an extra layer of insulation.
- Close off unused rooms and their vents. This will redirect the heat to rooms that are occupied.
- Make sure all doors and windows are tightly closed and locked. Check for air leaks and seal them up.
How to Save Money
Get a home energy audit to reveal the areas in your home where you are losing heat. Before the winter season, change the furnace filter, which traps dust, pet hair, and small particles. A dirty filter will lower the efficiency of the furnace. Service your heating system regularly to keep it functioning at its best. Install a smart thermostat. It lets you automatically adjust the temperature setting in your home. Add insulation to the walls and attic to keep the heat in.
Get a Home Heating Check Up
Will Air is a high-quality, residential, and light commercial heating and cooling company in Central Maryland. We specialize in HVAC systems, duct cleaning, and preventive planned maintenance. We service residential properties with the best equipment at the most affordable prices. Call us today at 410-549-9300 or visit us online to request a free estimate.