5 Little-Known Tricks That'll Help You Save on Heating


Interested in reducing your monthly heating bill? 

Unless one of your hobbies includes flushing money down the toilet, then I'm sure your answer is yes. 

No matter where you live, energy bills can add up to a big chunk of change over the year. The average electric bill in Texas is $1,801 annually, one of the highest in the nation!

Unfortunately, many people are under the misconception that the only way to save on your monthly heating bill is to pile on layers upon layers of clothing. 

While there's nothing wrong with slipping into your coziest winter wear, there's definitely some more practical solutions to help you cut down on costs. 

Read on to discover our top five little-known tips to help you save on heating!

Choke the Chimney

Unfortunately, your quaint and cozy fireplace that is oh-so-perfect for family gatherings is actually wreaking a bit of havoc on your energy bill.

A lit fireplace sucks up a whopping 24,000 cubic feet of furnace-heated air through your chimney every hour. Even worse, this warm that's quickly escaping is being replaced by cold air coming in from outside. Talk about kicking your furnace into some serious overdrive. 

When the fireplace is on, shut the door of the room you're in, open a window, and turn the thermostat down. 

To prevent warm air from escaping when the fireplace is off, invest in an inflatable chimney balloon- it costs about $50 and can save you $100 a year! 

Invest in Insulation

A few hundred bucks worth of insulation can reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent!

While insulating the attic and attic doors is super important, don't be afraid to give a little love to other areas, such as crawl spaces, ceilings, and basement walls. 

Seal Everything

Your windows, wall sockets, doors, plumbing, and wiring are all potentially crawling with cracks and gaps. 

You can tackle the gaps on doors and windows with some caulk or weatherstripping and the ones on wall sockets with insulation pads.

This quick $30-$50 DIY fix can save you 10% on your heating bill!

Also, in addition to sealing any cracks and holes, try to keep doors and windows locked as often as possible. Locking them, as opposed to just closing them, ensures they are sealed tightly against the weatherstripping. 

Wrap it in Plastic 

Windows are easily one of the biggest culprits when it comes to inflated heating bills, as they account for 25 percent of heat loss. 

A $6 roll of transparent film over your windows and patio doors can really help cut the heating costs down!

This is another simple DIY project that won't do any harm to your trim and is easy to remove come springtime.

Tune Up the Furnace 

From soot build up to loose fan belts, there's a lot that can go wrong with your furnace that isn't visible to the naked eye. 

A furnace tune up is the best way to make sure that heat is flowing as efficiently as possible.

For natural gas furnaces, it's best to tune up every two to three years, and for oil-fired units, once a year is best. 

Got questions about keeping your heating costs down or any additional tips we missed? Drop a comment below- we'd love your input!

 

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