Winter is the time of year when you will really want your living area as warm and cozy as possible, but you might worry about the heating bill that comes along with that comfort. Whether you own or rent your home, these tips for saving money on your heating bill are designed to help make your home as toasty as possible, while saving your hard earned money.
Use the Sun
During the day, open your blinds and curtains to let the sun’s warmth in. The windows facing the east and west will draw in the best rays. In the evening be sure to close them again to keep out the cold.
Increase Heat Register and Radiator Efficiency
Make sure heat registers are un-obstructed by furniture or by window treatments to allow for better heat circulation. To increase radiator efficiency if it is located near an exterior wall, place heat panel insulators between the wall and the radiator. This will help slow the transfer of heat out of the room.
Close the Fireplace Damper
The fireplace damper, usually located in the throat of a masonry chimney just above the firebox, is a device that is meant to seal your fireplace shut when it is not in use. If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace, close the damper so that heated air from your home will not escape up the chimney when the fireplace is not being used. An open or leaky damper can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating costs.
Install Programmable Thermostats
Some other tips for saving money on your heating bill are programmable thermostats that have the ability to preset the temperature during the day or night. This allows for energy savings when you are away or asleep, but also the comfort of a warmer home upon arrival or waking up. If you are renting, it is always a good idea to check with the apartment manager or homeowner before installing anything new.
Remember, it’s also a good idea to turn off heating units in rooms that are not being used, and close their doors to preserve heat in the rooms you are occupying. These are just a few economical and easy tips for saving money on your heating bill First Protector recommends. Increase the comfort of your home in cold weather while saving money at the same time!