Winter is usually a time when temperatures drop and energy costs rise. However, there are steps you can take to keep your heating bills from going through the roof. If you’ve already caulked and sealed your gaps, added insulation in the attic and adjusted your thermostat, there are still a few more steps you can take.
If you didn’t get around to having your furnace serviced in the fall, it’s not too late. Having your furnace inspected and tuned-up means it will operate more efficiently during the winter, saving you money. It can also prolong the life of your furnace.
For your water heater, that is. If you can touch your water heater and it feels warm, you’re wasting heat. Check your owner’s manual to make sure your water heater can be covered—if it can, you’ll save up to $20 a month with a jacket.
Keep your fireplace damper closed if don’t have a fire going. When you do use your fireplace, lower your thermostat. And if you have a fireplace you never use, consider having it sealed.
Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Higher humidity means air retains heat better and feels warmer—it really is the humidity, not the heat.
Exhaust vents for your kitchen and bathroom suck out hot air—use them sparingly and make sure they are shut off when you are finished with them.
While each of these is a little step, together they can add up to big savings.