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Five ways to lower your heating bill

Updated on August 21, 2014

It is a familiar scenario for all of us when every year we hear the bad news: home heating costs are on the rise again, and we should prepare ourselves- winter is on the way. In this article I will explain 5 simple ways to lower your heating bill without you calling in a professional or breaking the bank.

1. Adjust the thermostat

First method in saving money is to turn down the heat. This means that you don’t have to maintain an arctic climate inside your house but you should keep your thermostat at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and if you fell cold you can take a sweater. It is proven that for each additional degree you lower the temperature you continue to save money, about 5 percent on your heating bill.

2. Draw the Curtains

It is important to know that in addition to weather stripping and sealing leaks around your window, your choice of window treatments will save you a considerable amount of money on your heating costs. You should be careful when you chose a curtain. You have to make sure that the insulated curtain includes at least acrylic or high-density foam insulation and reflective films which will help directing the heat into your room. Insulated curtain reduces drafts and heat loss.

3. Water works

Another aspect that you should know about lowering your heating bill is that many water heater manufacturers ship products that are preset at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most of us don’t need water that hot. For most of the households 120 degrees Fahrenheit is more than enough. According to the US Department of Energy, if you lower your water temperature with 10 degrees Fahrenheit you will reduce the cost of your energy with 3 to 5 percent.

4. Keep a Damper on it

First of all, if you have a fireplace and you don’t use it you should seal the chimney flue for the best stopper against heat loss. Second of all, if you use the fireplace, be sure that you keep the damper closed whenever you don’t have a fire going, and check the damper seal to ensure it is tight.

5. Be Smart about ceiling fans

You should know that by reversing the fan’s direction and keeping it at a low speed in a clockwise direction, the blades will create an updraft and it will reverse the air circulation helping to move hot air downward toward your living space.

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