4 Ways to Cut Heating Costs This Winter
Hot cocoa, cozy sweaters, warm blankets and energy bills we would rather not open are all part of the winter season. The good news is that you can reduce your energy bills without sacrificing comfort.
Here are 4 ways to cut heating costs during the cold winter months.
Maintain your heating system in Colorado
In an average American home, heating and cooling costs account for 56% of energy use. By keeping your ducts and vents clean, and your furnace properly maintained, you can improve the efficiency of your heating system and whittle down your bill.
Your heating system should undergo a tune-up every year. Get this done before the cold weather kicks in. Also, don’t forget to check your air filter every month and replace it when it gets dirty.
Seal doors and windows
Even though your doors and windows may be closed, you may be losing warm air through small gaps. Keep warm air from escaping by sealing the doors and windows. Heavy duty clear plastic can be used to cover unused doors and windows. The film is simple to put on, inexpensive and can save you about 14% on your heating bill.
By turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for about 8 hours a day, you can save as much as 10% on your heating bills per year. And if budget permits, we suggest that you invest in a programmable thermostat so it would be easier for you to set the thermostat.
Use the Colorado sun to your advantage
Keep your curtains open during the day to let the sunlight in and heat your home naturally.