Posted on January 31, 2014
If you are looking for ways to increase your home's heat efficiency, saving yourself some money on your electric bills, try these tips:
The simplest way to save money on your heating bills is to just turn down your heat. For each degree that you turn down your thermostat, you will save about 1% on your heating bill (if the adjustment period last for at least eight hours).
And, note that the ACEEE (or American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) says that if you turn your heat down 10 degrees when you leave the house for work you can save up to 14% on your annual heating bill.
Think you might forget to turn down the temp? No problem! Simply purchase an automatic, or programmable thermostat to do it for you. They are a relatively inexpensive investment and can save you a great deal over the course of owning your home. A programmable thermostat will allow you to adjust the times you turn on the heat, according to a schedule that you will set. These thermostats will store and repeat a number of daily settings (multiple times per day). And, if you are home, you can manually override any of your pre-settings without affecting the rest of day's, or week's, program.
When you winterize your house, you really save money. Simply caulk all windows and place weather stripping at the base of outside doors to prevent any heat loss. You will also want to check for air leaks, like those that come from the attic, and seal those leaks.
Adding insulation to your attic can save you a great deal of money, too, and you can often find rebates, energy saving grants, scholarships, and loans at a local, city, county, or state level. It's worth asking what is available for home and energy conservation improvements.
Perhaps installing storm windows or doors is also an idea that will work for you, as they keep drafts and out of the house, keeping it warmer.
Turn down your water heater; setting it to no higher than 120 degrees. This keeps you with warm water, without taking a toll on your heating bill.
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