Being a new home owner living in a northern climate, I'm trying to figure out what I can do to best cut down on my heat bill. I've already researched pipe wrap insulation, and did my pipes. What else can I do to save some money?
I live in a heat controlled apartment, so I have plastic on windows to try to keep out the draft and coldness from coming in, and to prevent whatever heat I do have inside from escaping.
Install a water tank insulation blanket. Add insulation to the attic. Caulk window and door moldings. Make sure the door sweep and threshold are in good condition. Keep exterior doors closed at all times they are not actually being used to enter or exit. Use rubber backed draperies and open them in the daytime when sunlight can come in. Turn off unused lighting. Unplug unused electronics that remain "on" to some degree (anything with a remote). Install and use ceiling fans to circulate air. Lower the thermostat. Use CFC (curly) light bulbs or LED's. If the house is unoccupied much of the day, use a programmable thermostat (probably not on a heat pump). Lower the thermostat on the hot water tank. Wash clothes in cold water only. Take short showers instead of baths. Use a humidifier/dehumidifier as necessary, depending on your climate. If faucets are a long ways from hot water, consider installation of point of use water heaters.
When you've finished these, come back - there are lots more.
There's the small stuff that gets overlooked. Install foam gaskets behind switch plates and outlet covers. Hardware stores and home improvement centers have pre-cut gaskets. Just turn the power off to the switches and outlets before taking the cover plates off.
Caulking around windows and doors is essential. if you have a crawl space, get under there and caulk areas of the foundation where light is shining through with a foam. Close the foundation vents for the winter.
Install foam weatherstrip around doors and windows. Speaking of doors, check the area between the bottom of exterior doors and the floor. Consider installing door sweeps or a new threshold. If nothing else, place towels at the bottom of the door to keep out drafts.
Buy an electric mattress topper and set your thermostat at a lower setting at night. The mattress topper will warm you from below and the blankets above it will trap the heat, keeping you much warmer. In the morning, set the thermostat back to the temperature that you normally set it to. Having a programmable thermostat makes things easier.
Wrap your water heater in insulation if its older than 2004. Insulated the first 5' of water pipes from your water heater. Lower the temperature on your water heater. Chance furnace filter in time. Install programmable thermostat and lower temperature at night and when you are not home. Add insulation in the attic. Keep your fireplace damper shut. Seal joints in heating system duct work. Use energy star rated light bulbs. Don't open your oven door when you cook. Install low water flow shower head and faucets. Put your computer to sleep when not used, and turn off lights in rooms no one are present.
Stop drafts from windows and doors by adding caulking or plastic covering. Open drapes/curtains when you go to work and let the sun heat up your house.
Do all or most of these things and utility bill will be ALLOT lower!
by ElleBee 6 years ago
What do you do to help lower your energy/heating bill?Winter cold is upon us - what do you do to help keep your energy/heating bills low?
by Susan Britton 7 years ago
Can anyone recommend a good heater?I need a heater with a thermostat to heat a bedroom 12x14 feet that I can be sure is safe , when I leave it on day and night.
by HubPages 9 years ago
How to install door
by Melissa Flagg COA OSC 22 months ago
What can cause a water heater to suddenly start running out of hot water more quickly?I seem to be asking you all sorts of questions! My water heater is old (of course) and has suddenly started over-heating the water? The water comes out extremely hot at first and then about 10 minutes into a...
by lauraesther8 8 years ago
when i put the option heat my dryer over heats and shuts off what do you think is wrong?my dryer works on no heat option but in the option of heat it over heats and shuts off
by dryerinny 8 years ago
Dryer wont heat upI start the dryer the ignitor lights the burner ignites for about 15 seconds or so then they both go out in about a minute or so later ignitor glows the burner ignites again and this goes on and on I have replaced the gas valve heat coils and the flame sensor and it still is doing...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|