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How to Improve Your Heating Bill: Part 2

How to Improve Your Heating Bill Part 2

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so expensive. In our last post, we discussed simple ways to save money on heating bills by making adjustments to your windows, doors, and heating system. Today, we will talk about how to combat inefficiencies with your water heater, attic, fireplace, and more!

The Water Heater

  • Use a water heater blanket. Water heater blankets improve the efficiency of your water heater through insulation. You can find one at your local hardware store.
  • Switch out your old water heater for a newer model. Your water heater may not be operating as efficiently as it could, and it may just be because it is old. Replace your old water heater with a newer, more efficient model.
  • Turn down your water heater. It can’t hurt to set your water heater to a warm temperature instead of hot. Try 120° and see if that’s comfortable.

Poorly Finished or Unfinished Places

  • Finish your cabinets and closets. Sometimes gaping holes are left in the backs of closets and cabinets on the assumption that no one will see them. These holes can let in substantial amounts of cold air.
  • Add insulation to the attic. Adding a few hundred dollars worth of insulation to your attic can put a dent in your heating bill, especially if your attic isn’t properly insulated. Check the door to your attic for insulation as sometimes this location gets overlooked.
  • Insulate around holes in the wall. Plumbing and electric wiring can create holes in exterior walls that require insulation. Use caulk or a foam sealant to touch-up these places.
  • Check electric boxes for insulation. If your electric box hasn’t been insulated properly, remove the cover plate and caulk or foam around the inside.

Other Fixes

  • Run your ceiling fans in reverse. Hot air rises. Changing the settings on your ceiling fans will bring it down.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom ventilators sparingly. We use ventilators to pull unwanted fumes out of our houses. Unfortunately, they also pull out warm air.
  • Cook and shower. No, really! Both of these activities simultaneously heat your home and get the job done.
  • Invest in a humidifier. Humid air holds heat better, and also feels warmer than dry air at colder temperatures.
  • Dress for the weather. You wouldn’t wear a tank top and shorts outside during the winter. Don’t wear them in your home! Dress like it’s winter by wearing sweaters and socks instead of turning up the heat.
  • Block warm air from escaping through your chimney. If you have a fireplace in your home, it’s likely much of your heat escapes through the chimney. Close the damper and consider investing in an inflatable chimney balloon. Dampers are rarely perfect when blocking out cold.
  • Purchase a space heater. You can turn down the thermostat if you heat only the spaces you wish to use.

When it comes to saving money on heating bills, you have options. We recommend using a combination of these tips to achieve noticeable results. If you think a simple fix won’t do and your heating system is the culprit, contact your local, HVAC company for support.