Almost every homeowner appreciates a little helpful advice when it comes to saving money. So here are eight great tips from energy.gov on what you can do to save money on your heating bill during the winter months.
#1: Utilize the Sun
Don’t think that you have to depend solely on your heater to keep your home warm over the winter. Instead, open up your curtains or other window treatments on sunny days and let the heat of the sun come in through your windows to heat your room.
The best time to do this is in the very middle of the day, after the sun has risen and has started to warm things up and before the sun sets and the air outside starts to cool. Just remember not to do this with drafty windows or to open the window, as the benefit of the free heat will be quickly dispersed by the cold air coming in.
#2: Block the Window Drafts
Old or damaged windows can allow cold air to get in the house, even if the windows are closed. If you are not able to get new windows this winter, then you need to take action in stopping the drafts your old windows are allowing.
You can do this with heavy curtains, window winterizing kits, or even foam window blocks. Just keep in mind that the items that will block the drafts the best are also the ones that will prevent you from being able to use the window all winter.
#3: Adjust the Thermostat
Don’t let your heater run at the same temperature setting all day. When you are home keep it at a comfortable level, but when you are gone or asleep turn it down 10-15 degrees. By doing this for just 8 hours every day, you can drop your heating and cooling bills around 10%.
#4: Seal up the Window Leaks
Covering the whole window is a great way to take care of large drafts coming from your windows. However, if you find that the draft is coming from a hole or an opening, just fix that. There are many products at your local hardware store that will plug up the hole, like caulking or expanding foam.
If you have any questions about what you should use or can apply during the freezing temperatures of the winter, your hardware salesperson can help.
(For tips 5-8 come back and visit us for part 2 of “8 Energy Saving Tips for Your Windows”)