How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs

**How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs**



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Saving the planet and saving money go hand-in-hand when you reduce your home heating bill.

Step 1: Get your furnace tuned up
Get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in. Doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently.

Step 2: Install a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping.

Tip
Lowering the heat to 72 degrees and putting on a sweater is a carbon-free, money-saving way to stay cozy.

Step 3: Use curtains to regulate heat
Close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows. Open them during the day to let in the sun’s warmth.

Step 4: Cover your heating system
Use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs. Before using a blanket, consult your owner’s manual—make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler.

Tip
Ask your gas or electric company if they do free energy audits, in which they appraise each room for its energy efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations.

Step 5: Look into utility company rebates
Look into your utility company’s efficiency programs. Many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidize roof insulation.

Step 6: Seal cracks
Hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts. Sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks.

Tip
If you improve your home’s energy efficiency by replacing an old boiler, furnace, or water heater, or by investing in storm windows and doors, you’re entitled to an energy tax credit.

Step 7: Fill outdoor cracks
Review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and caulk them.

Step 8: Clean radiators
Keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents.

Step 9: Centralize your winter life
Since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter. If you live in a big house, try sealing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies.

Did You Know?
Lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re at work can decrease your heating bill by 12 percent.
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16 thoughts on “**How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs**

  1. TheBrownSys

    @Legofan4ever88

    lol most pets (dogs, cats) would probably be more comfortable around 60 degrees. They have fur. Many are quite capable of surviving outdoors year round in harsh winter climates.

    You keep it at 75? My house will average between 60-65 all winter.

    I'm quite comfortable, healthy, and have more money in my pocket.

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  2. magicyte

    Well, how about fuck the utility companies and put a wood stove in your house. then after that…go chop some wood from deadfall which is totally legal. there you go…free heat….aside from the gas in your car that you used to get to the trees.

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  3. Jobeanie123

    Wow awsome, i pretty much always have the heat at 68, just wear warm clothes, at night i put it at 65, yet i an entitles to put it to 60 degrees, because we use lots of blankets. we only go through 1 tank (or less) of fuel a wintere =)
    i like the curtain idea, i always do it, and put blankets over some. also, iturn cieling fans to go clockwise, and i close doors like you said . awsome video 5/5

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  4. John

    killing animals at 68? are you joking?

    most animals have fur for one thing … and 68 is plenty warm enough, honestly … normally, our home isn't above 69 .. and that's just in the morning to get the chill out of the air.

    to each his own, really. but 68 isn't gonna kill anybody, dude … lol

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  6. Legofan4ever88

    are u kidding me? keeping it at 72?

    If we'd do that we'd be sick as a damn dog half of the time.

    Our ideal house temp is between 73 and 75

    And wearing a sweater? what's the pt. of being INSIDE then? inside we're supposed to have the house at a comfy temp so we don't have to dress in layers

    Lower 68? sure if u want to enter a freezing house and (if u have pets) risk KILLING the animals

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