The winter season has already set in. You’ve turned up the heat, had the winter fire going and you felt comfortable all throughout the season. Unluckily, your heating costs skyrocketed. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are green and cheap ways to heat your home this season.
Adjust your thermostat.
An easy way to curb your heating cost is to adjust your thermostat by turning it down when you’re away. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning thermostat back to 10 or 15 degrees for eight hours can save homeowners 10 percent on their annual heating and cooling bills. If you are still using the traditional type of thermostat, you might want to upgrade to a programmable version.
Seal cracks and holes.
Weatherizing your home this winter helps you slash your heating costs. Look for holes and cracks in your doorways, windows and foundation. Use caulk or weather stripping to drafty areas to prevent heat from escaping from your home. This trick alone pays off in your energy savings every year.
Install double-paned windows.
Prep up your home for winter by upgrading to double-paned glass. Specialized windows like those that are argon and krypton gas-filled help reduce heat loss by having low emissivity coatings on the glass. Choose Energy Star certified brands and models of double-paned windows for your home.
Invest in fireplace inserts.
If you are still using an older fireplace, chances are you are losing a significant amount of money. Most older fireplaces have open hearths that create slightly more warm air compared to what they consume, so they ideally have 5 to 10 percent Energy Efficiency.
Use a space heater.
If central heating is not a practical choice in your home, a space heater is for you. A space heater works best if you only want to heat a single room. Not only it produces warmth at a fraction of the cost of gas or oil, it also removes the risk of overheating.
For more green tips and advice on green and cheap home heating this winter season, call the experts at A-Better Heat & Air Conditioning.