The Top 10 Ways to Save On Heating Costs
Are high heating costs getting you down? Try these ten sure fire techniques to save money on your energy bill this winter.
1. Switch to a tankless water heater. Save up to 15 to 20% on your water heating bill by switching to a tankless water heaters. Standard water heaters waste energy due to stand by losses and the fact that they are heated hotter than necessary. This makes tankless water heaters a more efficient and cost saving alternative to a standard water heater. Tankless water heaters often have an expected life up to 5 years longer than a standard water heater.
2. Install a solar water heating system. Solar water heaters offer a free source of energy! They are the ultimate in energy efficient heating. Highly efficient solar collectors warm your water, air and swimming pool. This tremendous cost saver is applicable to residential or commercial heating.
3. Keep unused rooms tightly closed to avoid excessive heating costs. Be sure the windows and doors in those unused rooms are tightly closed and well sealed.
4. If the home uses a forced air heating system, simply rearranging the furniture to optimize the flow of heat through the room can result in lower heating costs. Any pieces of furniture that block the vents and returns should be moved. Blocked vents or returns can make the furnace work harder and less efficiently.
5. Raising the humidity level in the home can help the room feel warmer without the need for raising the thermostat. Dry air can also cause health problems, such as increased sinus infections or even asthma attacks. Adding a humidifier to the home can help reduce these health issues while at the same time helping the home feel warmer and cozier.
6. Close any upstairs vents, and make sure all downstairs vents are kept open. Since the hot air rises and cold air sinks, this simple change can help to conserve energy and cut costs.
7. Have a thorough furnace and heating inspection done every year. The simple step of having the heating system inspected can be a real money saver, and catching problems early can result in lower repair costs and lower heating costs as well.
8. It is also a good idea to check the duct system every few years. Leaks and damage in the duct system could result in significant energy loss, and plugging those leaks is a great way to save energy and money.
9. Be sure to take full advantage of the power of the sun when the weather is nice. Opening the curtains and blinds on sunny days will help to heat the room at no cost to you, and that heat during the day can reduce the need for additional heating once the sun has gone down.
10. Consider adding a programmable thermostat to the home. A new programmable thermostat can make it easier and simpler to maintain the home at the desired temperature, while at the same time helping to reduce energy usage and keep the home more comfortable.