Frigid temperatures often translate into high heating bills, but it’s possible to lower costs with a well-planned offense. Here are three things you can do to save money on your energy payments:
1. Perform an energy audit. Look for air leaks around doors or windows, and check your insulation levels, which can diminish over time. Also make sure you’ve changed the filters in your heating and cooling units. Many utility companies will inspect your home for free, and offer ideas on what you can do to eliminate unnecessary usage.
2. Caulk and weather-strip windows. Once you’ve done your audit, make the quick fixes. One of the best ways to reduce your bills is to close up the cracks around windows and doors that allow energy to leak. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, this simple step can reduce heating costs by 20%.
3. Install a digital thermostat.?Why heat your home while you’re away? Programmable thermostats will automatically lower temperatures while you’re at work or during sleep hours, and then raise them when you’re ready. According to the Department of Energy, you can save 10% to 15% of your heating bill by reducing the temperature in your home eight hours a day.