Friday, November 4, 2016

your heating bill on the rise?

Wouldn't it be nice if your home came without heating bills attached? Unfortunately it does not but... fortunately, there are tips out there that can help you lower your monthly costs dramatically.

Domestic wizards over the years have come up with lots of money saving home remedies and quick fixes to help you lower your home heating bills.  From washing machine tips to conquering your thermostat, I've compiled some of these pearls of wisdom into a handy list for you!

More extensive projects and fixes may require the service of a professional. I've come across some excellent resources and would love to share them with you if you're in need of a referral.

Here's hoping these tips will save you big bucks and keep your wallet happy!


1. Turn down your thermostat when you are sleeping or not at home.
For every degree you turn your thermostat down, you will save money. Installing a programmable thermostat can help raise the temperature of your home just before you wake up in the mornings so you are always comfortable.

2. Install ceiling fans or reverse the spin direction of your existing fan.

Reversing the direction of the blades on your ceiling fans pushes warm air down into the room. Fans should spin clockwise in the summer and counter clockwise in the winter.

3. Close off fireplaces when not in use.

When you are not using your fireplace, the dampers should always be closed. Having glass doors to close it off also helps, as fireplaces let more heat escape then they can generate. Consider this: Fireplaces are the same as having a giant hole in your wall.

4. Wash your clothes in cold water.

About 90 percent of the energy used in washing your clothes comes from heating the water - this accounts for about 16% of the average household energy bill. Moving your temperature setting from hot to cold can almost eliminate this expense.

5. Check and repair your caulking and weather stripping.

Try your best to reduce drafts in your home.  If you can pass a sheet of paper through the door jamb while it is closed, you need to replace your weather stripping. Fix up holes or deteriorating caulking that can allow drafts.