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Living in Pennsylvania, my husband and I have to endure some frosty winter temperatures. With these temps come some hefty winter bills. I do not like being cold, so I like the heat to be high (constant source of struggle with my husband) and I like LONG, HOT showers!
In an effort to help us keep our bills lower this year, I have been researching ways to help out during the winter season. Here are ten of the ideas I came up with:
- We have radiators on our second floor, I found out that if you have radiators you need to make sure to vent the air to make them more efficient.
- Add insulation to hot water pipes to keep the water hot while it travels from the hot water heater to your faucets.
- We’ve installed programmable thermostats in our house (one on each floor). We’ve set our thermostats at the lowest comfortable temperature to minimize our heating costs – my husband would love 64 degrees and I would love 74 degrees, but we have compromized and gone with The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommended setting of 68 degrees. We’ve also programmed the thermostat to go down 10 degrees when we aren’t in the house.
- We live in a house that was built in 1949, so there were bound to be some air leaks. Caulking around door frames and installing weather stripping around door openings are inexpensive and highly effective ways of saving energy.
- During the day, we are keeping the curtains and blinds on our south-facing windows open to allow sunlight to enter our home.
- After sunset, we keep blinds and curtains closed to help keep the cold out and the heat in. We even have insulated curtains in some of the rooms to help with this heat conservation.
- We are planning to change our air filter once every month. I read that it is easier to remember to do it if you change it right after paying your monthly heating bill.
- We had our furnace cleaned and inspected. A clean furnace is an efficient furnace.
- We are closing off any rooms that we use infrequently like our guest room. No need to heat a room that we rarely use!
- We are also looking into other heating options. For example, I found out that using a pellet stove to heat your home costs 44% less than oil, 47% less than electric, and 53% less than propane heat.
Pellet stove heating
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