For some homes, heating costs during the winter season can be exorbitant. Fortunately there are ways to lower if not minimize heating costs to cope with budget concerns during the cold season.
The United States Department of Energy came up with pointers for homeowners and commercial property proprietors on how to manage heating costs during the winter months. One of the winter energy saving tips they shared is to cover and seal drafty windows.
“Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.”
Read more here.
Media Company CNBC.com also mentioned several ways to keep heating bills down during the chilly winter months. Like the above-mentioned advice from the Energy Department they also mentioned sealing gaps within the whole home. Furnace Wiki
“Seal gaps around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping to keep the cold air out and watch your energy bills drop by up to 20 percent. (Also, close the fireplace damper when it’s not being used and check your dryer vent cap to make sure it closes tightly). Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic floor and house walls will save up to 30 percent on heating and cooling costs.”
Check out the rest of the tips they mentioned in their original post here.
Use Appropriate Clothes
Personal Finance website The Balance also shared ways to keep home heating bills from spiking during the winter months. Apart from the usual advice of sealing cracks and gaps, lowering temperature when no one is at home, and insulating the attic, The Balance also gave simple advice that usually gets overlooked by homeowners.
“Running around with shorts and a tank top in the middle of winter just doesn’t make much sense. Winter is winter because it is cold, s act like it even if you’re just sitting around the house. Put on a sweater or sweatshirt, wear socks, and fuzzy slippers. Place a soft, comfy blanket on the couch to cuddle up in while watching TV, reading or chatting with friends. Put throw rugs on hardwood and tile floors to eliminate the shock of the ice cold surfaces. It doesn’t cost anything to wear warmer clothes inside and by doing so you can keep the temperature inside the house a few degrees cooler and save big.”
Read more here.
Saving on utilities, specifically heating bills can help a lot in adhering to the household budget.