Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cold Weather is Near: Tips to Reduce Heating Bills


It’s warm all over the United States right now, but most areas are beginning to cool off. That means that cold weather isn’t too far behind, and pretty soon you’re going to cranking the central heat just to stay warm at night.

While there’s really nothing you can do to avoid using your central heat this winter, there are some things you can do to keep your bills from going through the roof. Use this guide to make sure you don’t have to dip into your savings just to stay comfortable.

Keep Curtains Closed

Most people know that they shouldn’t keep their windows open in the summer months if they don’t want a house that’s as hot as it is outside. However, even the savvy homeowner doesn’t always realize that what’s coming in from outside through the windows is just as bad in the winter months.

While it can certainly be nice to have some light in your home, you need to close your curtains during the day to create a boundary between your windows and air in your home. Even that layer of curtains can really make a big difference in how warm your home stays.

Use Portable Heaters

Portable heaters can cost you a lot of money if you run them all the time. In fact, they can cost more money than central heating because they use electricity instead of gas, which tends to cost a whole lot more per unit in most areas. That doesn’t mean that portable heaters are all bad though.

If you spend most of your time in one part of the house like your bedroom, sometimes turning off the central heat and using a portable heater at night is a better idea. If you don’t need to heat the whole house there’s no reason to do so beyond a certain point.

Just make sure you don’t fall asleep with an electric heater on or put it somewhere that it could cause a fire. Portable heaters should only be used when you’re awake and at home to monitor them.

Get Your Heater Serviced

If you don’t want to pay for expensive Massachusetts furnace repairs you’re going to need to get regular service. That means getting a service plan or calling a professional team to come inspect your heater at the beginning of the season.

You’ll save money with fewer repairs and your bills will be lower because your system will be a lot more efficient

15 comments:

  1. Good tips all! Oh, and my Mom is moving back to Florida, near Sebring...

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  2. Rosey, I am not looking forward to turning the heat on.... then it will be Winter here and I am not looking the least bit forward to it... thankfully my heat is included with my rent but these are good tips to know so that I can keep the house warm xox

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  3. These are great tips! We utelized portable heaters and found that really helpful.

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  4. We are very careful about our usage in the winter, especially since we live on post.

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  5. My apartment has heat included, so I can crank it up and get my money's worth lol

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  6. Score! We already do these things! Great tips to reduce heating costs!

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  7. All great advice and especially the last one. We've been getting our heating system checked every fall for years. Also get the air conditioning checked every spring. Money well spent.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  8. And rug up. An extra layer is MUCH cheaper than cranking the heating up.

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  9. Or take a very long winter holiday in the tropics.

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  10. Love the tips to save money. I use a 200 w portable on my desk to keep hands warm because we keep the house barely warm in winter

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  11. Our weather just recently took a dip toward the COLD side. I even saw a few flakes of snow today. Time to keep these tips handy!

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  12. Jason keeps the heat real low, so I have one of those heated blankets that I use during the cold months. It really helps!

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  13. Great reminder about the servicing. It's a great option, particularly if you're like my hubby and never change the filter.

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  14. Yep we have to call someone...our furnace isn't working right. Go figure that my husband usually has Fridays off, but he told them he'd work this one.

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  15. These are very good tips.
    I need heavier curtains. I only have summer curtains :)

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