If you’re trying to keep warm this winter you can expect your Roseville heating bill to rise along with the temps in your home if you’re not careful.
Looking for ways to prevent your heating bill from burning through your finances? Here are eight easy ways you can save more on utility costs this winter.
8 Ways to Lower your Roseville Heating Bill
- Reduce your thermostat setting.
By reducing your thermostat setting to 68 degrees you can lower your Roseville heating bill by a significant amount. Worried that your fingers and toes will turn into popsicles if you set the thermostat too low? In that case…
- Bundle up.
Simply putting on a sweater or extra pair of socks can help you feel comfortable in a cool winter home, and it’s far more cost-effective than cranking the heater.
- Here comes the sun.
When the sun is shining on a cold winter day keep the curtains and drapes on your south-facing windows open to allow sunlight to enter and warm your home. Remember to close them at night, though, to reduce the chill from cold windows.
- Take a (slightly) colder shower.
Few people enjoy a bracingly frigid shower first thing in the morning, especially during the depths of winter. However, lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees will keep your morning shower comfortably warm, while helping to keep your heating bill comfortably low. You probably won’t notice the difference in water temperature, but you’re sure to notice the difference in your utility bill at the end of the month.
- Light a candle in the wind.
A drafty home is uncomfortable and basically guarantees you’re paying more than you should each month on heating costs. To locate drafts in your home light a candle and hold the flame near closed doors and windows. Now watch the smoke. If it moves horizontally you’ve spotted the source of a draft and should seal it with weather-stripping or caulking.
- Close storm windows.
Double-pane windows are expensive, but they work wonders for reducing heat loss. If you can’t afford to upgrade to double-pane windows, however, installing storm windows over your primary windows is nearly as effective. Just make sure all of your storm windows are shut tight when winter arrives.
- Upgrade your HVAC system.
Yes, there are upfront costs involved with upgrading or replacing your current HVAC system, but your investment will pay for itself in no time thanks to lower utility costs every month. When upgrading your HVAC system look for a furnace with high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but a higher rating is even better.
- Hire a professional.
Hiring a qualified technician to maintain your HVAC system will ensure both that your home remains optimally energy-efficient and your investment is protected. A new HVAC system isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. Arranging for yearly maintenance will keep your HVAC system in great shape for years to come.