With energy costs higher than they have ever been in recent history, it pays to find ways to save money on your home heating bills. Here are some tips that are easy, cost effective and will all add up to reduce your home heating bills by a significant amount! You don’t need to be Bob Villa either. Some take just a minute or two. Now is the time to start thinking about them, and even small changes will add up to big savings over the course of this cold winter!
Here are the 10 tips that will help to save on home heating costs:
1. Head down to the basement and reduce the setting on your hot water thermostat by about 10 degrees. Don’t go below 120-115 degrees. The adjustment dial is typically a red knob towards the bottom of the water tank.
2. While you are downstairs, make sure you have clean filters for your central air-heating unit. A dirty and clogged filter will force your unit to work much harder and stay on longer as it struggles to fresh air through the clogged filter to heat the rest of your house.
3. Check your air ducts for gaps, leaks or disconnects. If you have any disconnects or leaks in your ductwork, your heating bills could be 25% higher than they need to be if these gaps were sealed. If you can’t do this on your own, hire a professional. This expert can also clean your ducts for added efficiency.