Lowering Your Heating Bill
How many times have you thought about moving to a warmer climate during this time of year? The idea is very appealing to a lot of people, but it’s not always an option. As the cold weather and snowfall sets in, in many parts of the country, homeowners are dreading the increase in monthly costs.
There are many things you can do as a homeowner to keep your heating costs low, here we’ve compiled a list of 11 ways you can save on your utility bills:
Replacing your Windows
One of the most well-known ways to save on your utility bills is to replace your windows. Inspect your windows for drafts and cold areas. A good way to do this is with a candle, you can see small draft winds on the delicate flame that you may not be able to feel with your hand.
Insulating your Attic
Out of sight, out of mind; the attic is one space in the house many home owners overlook. This space, however, is where much of your home’s heat can escape. Hot air rises, so if you don’t insulate properly you are wasting your money. According to Energy Star, you can save an estimated 25% on your heating bill by simply adding extra insulation to your attic.
Installing or Repairing Weather Stripping
Often forgotten, weather stripping can make all the difference to keeping your warm air in, and keeping the cool air out. Repairing, or adding, weather stripping is a fairly simple project and may be something you can do on your own. Much like we suggested checking for air leaks around your windows, you want to apply the same process to checking your doors.
Investing In A Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can go a long way and help you maintain a low utility bill. Just by setting the thermostat to automatically turn itself down a couple degrees each night while you are sleeping can make a big difference on your utility bill. Many newer programmable thermostats have WiFi enabled utilities that will allow you to adjust your heat automatically on a schedule, or manually from your phone. A suggested schedule would look something like this:
- Turn the heat down 2 degrees before bed.
- Turn the heat back up about 20 minutes before you wake up.
- Turn the heat down 2 degrees when you leave for work.
- Turn the heat back up 20 minutes before you get home.
Replacing Your Shower Head
There’s nothing like a nice hot shower on a blistery cold evening, but did you know that many older shower heads can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute?
Just by changing your shower head to a Low-Flow shower head you can reduce the amount of water being used to 1.5 gallons. Many newer designs are so efficient you won’t even notice the change in water. The only change you will notice is on both your gas and water bills.
These are only a few of the great ways to save money on your monthly utility bills this winter. For more information about how Canton Aluminum can help give us a call at (330) 456-0021 or send us an email.
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