Everything is so very expensive these days. Heating your house is a huge monthly expense. There is no way around natural gas bills, electric bills or fuel oil bills, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the expense of heating your home. The cold winter months are upon us and the time to do something is now. This won'ÂÂt save you thousands a year, but at least a few dollars a month. We can all use a few extra dollars. Every little bit of savings helps.
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Keep your furnace clean. If you have an oil burning furnace, you should have it cleaned at the beginning of each heating season.
If your furnace is old, you should look into replacing it with an energy efficient furnace. Many utility companies and state governments will offer a rebate for the upgraded furnace. Some utility companies will also install a new heating system and make a payment plan for you for repayment.
Insulate your attic and crawl space. Insulation in your attic will keep the heat in your home and not allow it to be lost in a cold attic. Insulation in your crawl space will keep your floors warmer.
Hang heavy drapery on your windows. The drapery will keep the cold outside air from chilling your rooms.
Lower your thermostat at night when you are asleep under heavy blankets. Also lower your thermostat while you are away from the house for extended periods of time. Invest in a programmable thermostat. Program the thermostat to raise the house temperature 15 minutes before you get home.
Caulk around your exterior dryer vent, kitchen exhaust vent and windows to stop warm air from escaping and cold air from entering.
These are only a few easy, painless steps to take and you will see a difference in your heating bill. Lowering the general temperature in your house and putting on an extra sweater or watching TV under a blanket can also be a great help. Don'ÂÂt think of it as suffering, think of your blanket as a cozy wrap on a chilly night.