Low-Cost Ways to $ave

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Home heating accounts for as much as 45% of most customers’ bills. Some handy tips:

  • Replace standard thermostats with smart thermostats. Their accuracy is much greater, and they’ll help lower your heating bill while increasing your comfort level. You can program them to automatically turn the heat down at night and when you are at work. And they’ll turn it back up in the morning so your home will be nice and warm when you wake up.
  • Dirty furnace filters or baseboad heating elements waste heat by blocking the air flow. Be sure to clean or replace the air filters in you furnace every three months during the heating season. (Put a note on your calendar to remind yourself.) And remember that many forced air heating systems have two or more filters.
  • Don’t block heat registers, baseboard heaters or radiators with drapes and curtains.
  • Don’t close registers on central “ducted” heating/cooling systems. This increases the air pressure within the ducts and can lead to an increase in air leakage.
  • Carefully remove covers from electric baseboard heaters and vacuum dust and dirt from the fins. Make sure to securely replace the covers.
  • For fan-forced heaters, remove grills and wash them in hot soapy water, then dry. Vacuum off blower wheel only. Don’t attempt to vacuum the heating element. Instead, blow dust off the element with the blower side of a vacuum or a blow dryer.
  • Close fireplace damper or glass doors when not in use. (Make sure your fire is completely out!)
  • Seal any holes in walls, ceiling or floor.
  • Weatherstrip around windows, doors and attic access.
  • Seal leaks in heating ducts and insulate to an R-11 level. Use mastic and high quality duct tape to make repairs.
  • Use V-weatherstripping for door top and sides.
  • At door bottoms, replace missing gaskets or install door sweeps.
  • Seal electrical outlets on exterior walls by installing inexpensive gaskets inside the face plate.
  • Use rope caulking or V-weatherstripping to better seal windows.
  • Seal holes around plumbing pipes in walls and floor with caulking compound or expanding foam spray.