On a Budget? Use These Cost-Efficient Tips to Stay Warm This Winter
As the temperature drops outside, your home heating costs will continue to increase until you feel like they’re out of control. The good news is that if you follow some simple cost-efficient tips to stay warm, you won’t break the bank this season. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Turn down the thermostat
The easiest way to save money during the winter is also the most obvious. For each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save between 2 to 3 percent on your heating bill. Install a programmable thermostat A programmable thermostat can lower heating costs by giving you the option to set the days and times during which your equipment is in operation.
Schedule a tune-up
If your heating equipment isn’t running at full efficiency, there’s a good chance you’re throwing away money. You can keep your system running smoothly by scheduling an annual tune-up with your HVAC contractor.
If it isn’t too cold in your home, you can get away with wearing sweaters and bundling up in some blankets. This will lessen your furnace use, thereby decreasing your heating costs.
Purchase electric blankets
Rather than running your furnace or other heating equipment all night, use electric blankets to stay warm. Use space heaters If you find yourself needing to warm up only a room or two at a time, use space heaters instead of your furnace. These devices use much less energy and typically do a great job at keeping you warm, especially in smaller rooms.
Cover up flooring
Installing hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring is a great way prevent pollutants that stack up in carpet. These types of flooring also keep homes cooler, which is great during the summer, but not during the winter. Laying down a rug or two will help counteract this cooling effect.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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