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Tips to Save Big Bucks on your Heating Bill this Winter

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Local Movers of New York

Posted On : Nov 07, 2014

Everybody knows someone who refuses to turn the heating on until the last possible moment, instead preferring to walk around the house in a hat and mittens. While the bad news is that heating costs can be expensive, the good news is that there’s no reason to keep the heat off until you can see your own breath. With a few simple tips and some DIY maintenance, you’ll be able to reduce your heating costs this winter without bundling up indoors.

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  1. Learn how to train your thermostat. You can cut your heating bill by as much as 10% by turning down the thermostat during the hours you’re away from the home. Turn your thermostat down by 10 to 15 degrees while you’re at work. If you choose to turn it down while you’re asleep, you might be able to save as much as 20%. Bonus Tip: Look into programmable thermostats to do the adjusting for you. They’re inexpensive and simple to install yourself.
  2. Furnace filters. Change or clean your furnace filters once a month during the heating season. To help remember to change the filters, mark them on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. Dirty furnace filters restrict the flow of warm air and cause the furnace to work harder to heat your home.
  3. Seal in leaks.Feel around windows and door frames for drafts, and then look for your caulking gun to seal them up. Also look for cracks around outdoor spigots and electrical receptacles outside of the home. Installing storm doors and windows can increase energy efficiency by up to 45%. Finally, consider sealing windows in plastic wrap. Don’t worry about how it will look—if installed correctly, window wrap shouldn’t be that noticeable.
  4. Use your ceiling fan. Your ceiling fan isn’t just for keeping cool in the summer. When your fan rotates counterclockwise in the summer to pull warm air upward, switching the direction of the fan can help keep you warm in the winter by pushing that warm air back down. Check to see if your fan is reversible by looking for a little switch next to the pull-chain. Switch it over to a clockwise rotation to save up to 10% on your energy bill.
  5. Lower your water heater temperature. Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees by default, but that doesn’t mean that you need all of that heat. Turn the temperature on your tank down to 120 degrees to save up to 10%. You might also consider switching to a tankless water heater that produces hot water on demand, which saves energy by only heating water when you need it.
  6. Seal up your fireplace.Cold air sinks while warm air rises, which means that your chimney can act as a pipeline for cold air to enter your home. Make sure the damper is closed, of course, but to make sure the cold air stays out, install glass fireplace doors.
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