It is the month when resolutions are made, and several get broken before the month has concluded. If one of your resolutions this year is to control your heating costs, you should know that there are many ways you can do this. Some are going to take an upfront investment, but others are relatively painless and can provide huge rewards. Here are some tips for lowering your heating costs and making these resolutions easy to stick to.
- Tip #1: Lower the thermostat- You don’t have to take your home from a cozy 80 degrees down to a frigid 60 degrees to lower your heating costs. Don’t be afraid to take baby steps of dropping it just one degree, getting used to it there, and then trying another one-degree drop. You and your family will acclimate as time goes by until you reach your bottom threshold that nobody wants to cross.
- Tip #2: Schedule maintenance- A heating system that has been serviced will use less energy to operate than one where maintenance has been neglected. You will also avoid breakdowns and costly repair bills if you keep up with maintenance.
- Tip #3: Upgrade energy efficiency- If your home is under-insulated, hasn’t been sealed, or is otherwise unable to retain the heat that your heating system is putting out, it will have to work harder to keep the temperature you have set on the thermostat. A few improvements could save you a great deal of money and more than cover the cost of the upgrades.
- Tip #4: Consider heating system replacement- If you have an old, inefficient heating system, it could be costing you more than you realize. While the dead of winter isn’t the best time to replace your heating system, you can get started saving now so you are ready when the weather clears, and your heating costs near the end of the year will be lower, thus achieving a delayed completion of your New Year’s resolutions, but better than not at all!Article Provided By: EnergySharks
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