Winter is coming quickly, and with bills mounting, cutting heating costs could be a big help for cash-strapped families.
Fortunately, saving on home heating bills is one of the easiest ways to cut back on household expenses.
Most know that fixing leaks in windows and doors is a must …
… that air filters should be switched out at least every quarter or so …
… and to stop messing around with the thermostat.
Here are six tips from Angie's List -- http://angieslist.com -- to trim the heat bill and still stay toasty.
You may be losing up to 20 percent of the warm air moving through your duct system to leaks and poor connections.
Sealing up these air leaks with caulk, spray foam, and/or weather stripping will keep that warm air where you want it. Air leaks should always be sealed before insulation is applied to improve the efficiency of the insulation.
Heat rises, so you don’t want to help it escape. Check the amount – and grade -- of insulation in your attic. Having the proper amount and R-value for your area will keep the warm air in.
The U.S. Department of Energy has a quick way to determine your R-value: http://web.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html
Constantly changing the temperature on your thermostat is a sure-fire way to burn energy dollars inefficiently. Many heating systems have optimum temperature ranges that ensure top energy efficiency.
Consult your owner’s manual or your service technician to find the most energy-efficient temperature range. Programming the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time can save 5 to 15 percent in heating bills, according to the DOE.
Check your heat registers. Are they clear of obstructions? A couch, chair or bookcase that blocks good airflow can trap the heat you want in your air.