The leaves are falling and the weather is getting colder. You know what that means…a higher heating bill! Ugh. It’s important to stay warm during the colder months but at what cost?! Your heating bill is getting higher and higher and it seems as though you have to make a choice between keeping your family warm and paying an arm and a leg for it. Don’t worry! You don’t have to make that choice. Here are the best ways to lower your heating bill when it gets chilly.
Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill
Put Warm Things Around the House
It’s fun to decorate the house for Winter, especially if you get to break out all of your fuzzy blankets. Put out fluffy throws for couches, flannel sheets for bedding, and soft rugs for feet. This will help everyone stay a little warmer so that you don’t need to keep the house quite so hot. Plus it will be all snuggly and warm in your house. Who doesn’t want that?
Use Your Ceiling Fans
This seems a little counter-productive if you want to lower your heating bill, but it works! Turning your ceiling fan in a certain direction will help circulate warm air instead of cool your house down. Your ceiling fan can do a lot of the work for your furnace. A furnace will come on to keep the house at a steady temperature that you set. If hot air is being circulated more, then your furnace won’t need to come on as often because your house will stay warmer longer.
Turn the Thermostat Down
This seems like a no-brainer. Obviously, you can turn the thermostat down and you’d lower your heating bill. The problem is that you don’t want to freeze! Well, all you need to do is turn it down a couple of degrees at night when you’re asleep. Everyone will be underneath warm covers and you won’t notice the temperature change. Some people like it a little cooler when they sleep anyway. An automatic thermostat can lower the temperature at night all by itself.
A lot of warm air can escape if your house isn’t insulated properly. You may need to add more insulation to your walls to keep that precious warm air in. This might cost some money up front but it’ll definitely lower your heating bill in the future. You can also insulate your windows by using insulated curtains to keep cold air out and warm air in. If you don’t want to buy curtains, you can use a clear window film so that you can still receive sunlight to warm the house and keep out cold air.
Use Your Fireplace
Light some fires to help keep your house warm. It’ll lower your heating bill and it’s fun to have! Roast some marshmallows and stay toasty warm. Close your chimney off with the damper when you aren’t using it to prevent all the hot air from escaping. Don’t forget to open it back up before you want to start a fire so that your entire house doesn’t fill up with smoke! Then you’d have to open up all the windows to get rid of the smoke, and all your hot air would escape too. Not ideal.
There are lots of ways to lower your heating bill this Fall and Winter. Don’t get discouraged about the price you’re going to have to pay to keep your family warm. Everyone can be nice and cozy without having to sacrifice extra money to do it. Try these ways to lower your heating bill when it gets chilly and see how much money you will save.