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Heating your home is one of those necessary expenses. However, it can get quite costly, especially in those cold winter months. It can be difficult to think of ways to conserve heat within your home.
Simply adjusting your thermostat a few degrees can mean big savings on your bill. Think about times when you won't notice a change in temperature. During the day, when your family is at work and school is a great time to turn down the heat in your home. After all, no one is home to enjoy it!
Similarly, when you're sleeping, you often don't need your home to be as hot. Try turning down the thermostat before you go to bed, and back up when you wake up in the morning. When you're wrapped up in blankets and sleeping, you probably won't notice the change.
A programmable thermostat is a great tool to help you save money on your heating bill. With a programmable thermostat, you're able to set what temperature you want your home to be in advance. So, when you program your thermostat to have your home drop in temperature during the day, you really won't notice at all!
Many of the new thermostats can also be controlled through a mobile device or via a computer. This makes it that much easier to control the temperature of your home. For example, if you're running late at work, you can keep the temperature down a little longer. Or, if your kids are coming home from school early, you can turn the temperature back up.
It seems simple, but it works! Closing doors to rooms that you don't use often (maybe a guest bedroom or a formal living room) and closing the vents within them will allow your furnace to heat the rest of your home quickly and more efficiently.
Using the natural light from the sun is a great (and free!) way to heat your home. During the day, open the curtains and blinds to allow sunlight into the rooms in your home. On the other hand, at night you'll want to remember to close blinds and curtains to keep the heat in.
A space heater is a great way to add extra heat to a room. If there's a room in your home that doesn't circulate heat as well as others, or needs to be kept at a higher temperature for different reasons (i.e. a small child), consider using a space heater. This will ensure you don't have to turn up the heat in your whole home for just one room.
This being said, make sure to test out both options to see which one is more cost effective. Try asking a friend or neighbour about their experience, or check online forums.
Have a professional come in and check that your furnace is working properly. Having a furnace that's in good working order can mean huge savings on your bill. You don't want your furnace working harder than it has to to heat your home.
Finding ways to cut down on heating costs can be a challenge. These are just a few ways that can help. Try asking family and friends what they do to keep their heating costs down!