The winter season can really wreak havoc on your energy bill when it comes to heating costs. While you’re probably not adjusting your heat levels too drastically during the coldest season of the year, there is still plenty of time that your heat might fluctuate.
For example; as you welcome company in your home for the holidays and after the New Year, chances are not everyone will agree on the proper temperature. Some will say it’s too warm while others will feel it’s too cold, no matter what. You might find yourself dashing to that thermostat or heater multiple times throughout the day!
However you handle your heating needs during the winter, here are some simple tips for keeping your heating costs manageable during the winter season:
• Keep your furnace updated—When was the last time you checked your furnace’s age? Do you even know how long it’s been in the house? If you’re unsure of the status or your furnace or you’re starting to notice that it has to work longer to output more heat, then it might be time for an upgrade. Keeping your furnace upgraded is important if you want to save money on your bill each month.
• Consider updating your windows—This is a pricey upgrade option, and not one that everyone will have the ability to take advantage of, but if there is any chance you can upgrade your windows, it is worth considering. Certain window upgrade options can help provide better insulation and prevent air leaks from happening, which will make your heat usage more efficient overall.
• Rely on natural sunlight—This is a simple tip, but an effective, green one. Depending on the rooms you are heating, consider drawing the blinds throughout the day to allow as much natural sunlight into the house as possible. This can create less of a need to crank up the furnace and it will give the house a warm, bright environment as well.