Between buying gifts for loved ones, traveling out of state, and attending holiday parties, December can be expensive. Many homeowners are looking to cut costs in the New Year to compensate for overspending, especially with heating costs.
Luckily, there are several ways you can stay comfortable all winter long without breaking the bank and going over budget. The experts at TMI have five practical strategies to slash your heating bills during the colder months.
Optimize Your Thermostat Settings
Surprisingly enough, managing your thermostat can significantly impact your heating costs. Consider investing in a programmable or ‘smart’ thermostat to regulate temperatures based on your typical schedule. Lowering the temperature when you’re away or asleep can make a noticeable difference in your bill.
Seal Air Leaks and Insulate
Imagine paying for heat in your home, only for it to escape through unknown cracks and openings. What a nightmare! Drafty windows and doors can let precious warmth escape, so seal any gaps around windows and doors with weatherstripping or caulking to prevent heat loss.
Maximize Natural Sources
This winter, take into account the power of natural heat sources! Open curtains or blinds during daylight hours to let sunlight naturally heat your home. When the sun sets, close them to trap the warmth indoors.
Maintain Your Heating Systems
If you haven’t scheduled your maintenance appointment for your heating systems, now is the perfect time. A well-maintained system works more efficiently, saving you both energy and money. Your technician can also tell you if it is time to upgrade to a new heating system.
Embrace Energy-Efficient Habits
When it comes to cutting heating costs, a little goes a long way. Adopting habits like reversing the direction of your ceiling fan in the winter or installing a zoning system in your home can lead to significant savings.
Keeping your home warm in the winter doesn’t have to drain your wallet. Implementing these practical strategies can help you stay warm and cozy while reducing heating expenses. To learn more about how to save this money this season or to schedule your heating appointment, give us a call at 563.900.8788