Anyone who lives in southern New Jersey knows it can get pretty cold in the winter. Undoubtedly, you’ll be relying on your home’s heating system to stay nice and snug throughout the season. But that won’t stop the chills you’ll get when you see the increase in your energy costs. The good news is that there are some tried and true techniques you can take advantage of to lower heating bills. Find out what steps you can take to save on your energy expenses while still keeping your home warm and toasty.
- Schedule annual maintenance appointments for your heating system. This can help prevent the need for an untimely repair job as well as keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. After a pro has serviced it, you should change your filters monthly.
- Weather strip your doors and windows to stop chilly drafts – this will result in significant energy savings.
- Add insulation around your water heater. Insulation works much like your warm winter jacket — when your water heater is in standby mode it will help keep the water hot and conserve energy.
- Use a programmable thermostat. You can save up to 30 percent by lowering your thermostat while you’re gone and sleeping.
- Be mindful of the temperature you set your thermostat at. Keeping it no higher than 68 degrees can really lower heating bills.
- Insulate your ceilings and attic. You’ve heard it before — heat rises. Keep the warmth trapped inside with a thick layer of insulation.
- Consider your furniture arrangement. If you have anything covering your vents or baseboard radiators your heating system has to work harder to heat your home.
- Get thermo-pane windows when possible to increase your home’s energy efficiency up to 70 percent.
- Let the sun warm your home. Mother Nature can heat your home for free — open curtains and blinds during the day, and close them up once it’s dark.
- Use ceiling fans in reverse and moving slowly to keep warm air circulating.
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