8 Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill

House in the snow

With winter here, now is the time to do all you can to reduce your energy bills!

Read on for eight great tips on how to save on heating costs this winter from sealing up cracks to making your water heater more efficient.

Changing air filter on HVAC system

Tip #1: Have Furnace Serviced

Your heat source is the biggest user of energy in your home during the winter. It only makes sense that your system should run as efficiently as possible. Having the heating system serviced and changing the filter regularly will ensure the system is operating as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.

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Lowering thermostat

Tip #2: Lower Temperature at Thermostat

Every degree you lower the temperature in your home will save 2% to 3% on your total heating bill. You can adjust the temperature on your thermostat manually or install a programmable thermostat to do it automatically.

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Paddle ceiling fan

Tip #3: Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

Reverse ceiling fans so they turn clockwise and run on low to circulate the warmer air that rises to the upper areas of your rooms. Recycling this air will make your rooms more comfortable.

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Adjusting thermostat on hot water heater

Tip #4: Lower Water Heater Temperature

Your water heater works 24 hours a day to provide you with hot water when needed. Lowering the temperature setting on your hot water heater will make it run less, saving you money.

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Insulating hot water pipes with foam insulation

Tip #5: Insulate Water Pipes

Hot water pipes that are not insulated allow hot water to lose heat as soon as it leaves the water heater. Insulating these lines with readily available foam pipe wrap will decrease the cost of heating hot water.

Adding fiberglass insulation to an attic.

Tip #6: Add Insulation to Attic

Almost every attic could use more insulation. Your attic should have at least 12″ of insulation in warm climates and 16″ in cold areas. Plastic encapsulated fiberglass insulation batts make installing additional insulation itch free and are safer for do-it-yourselfers.

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Caulking cracks around a window.

Tip #7: Seal Gaps & Cracks

Small cracks around windows, hose bibs and doors allow cold air to infiltrate the home causing a more expensive effort to keep temperatures comfortable within the home. Sealing these cracks with exterior caulk or foam will make it easier and cheaper to heat your home this winter. Also, make sure weatherstripping around windows and doors provides a good seal, and replace if needed.

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Applying plastic window film to a window.

Tip #8: Insulate Your Windows

If new, insulated windows are not in your budget, consider applying an inexpensive window insulation kit. This kit contains double stick tape and a thin plastic film that when installed on the interior of your window, creates an air cushion to block cold air.

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