The onset of winter becomes stressful for many people as they must find additional financial resources to fund increased energy bills. Heating systems are vital during the winter in less-temperate climates, but they are costly, and many households cannot afford this increased expense.
However, there are plenty of ways to reduce a household’s heating bill during the long winter months. Here are five examples:
Overhaul your heating system
The initial outlay to get a company like Smart Boiler Repair to modernize or replace your current heating system might be expensive, but the long-term savings will pay for it many times over. It’s all about calculating your ROI for the new system. An old, inefficient heating system becomes an energy guzzler, becoming responsible for skyrocketing bills. Radiators from BestElectricRadiators are designed with energy efficiency in mind. These heating appliances are more effective than older systems, providing more heat. Additionally, they use less electricity, making the savings evident in your monthly energy bill.
Wall radiators from Elnur Ecombi and Ecostrad iQ come in various sizes and styles. BestElectricRadiators has a wide range of products to suit any household, with sizes to accommodate rooms with different square foot areas. Their products also come in a range of aesthetically pleasing models to suit anyone’s interior design needs. Radiators are discrete and do not take up space in a room. These can be controlled separately so homeowners do not have to run them in unused rooms. Smart radiators can be controlled remotely via an app, even allowing users to adjust their thermostat settings.
Turn your thermostat down
This is a tip most homeowners have heard before, but many do not seem to believe it. However, it is a proven fact that reducing the temperature on your thermostat by as little as two degrees can save a small fortune in energy charges and keep your total bill at a manageable amount. Using a smart thermostat allows the homeowner to program thermostat temperatures at different times of the day, keeping the heating low or off while no one is home and turning it up or back on an hour before residents return.
Many people keep their homes heated at unnecessarily high temperatures during the winter. A house needs to be warm, but temperatures hardly need to be tropical. Most experts advise that the thermostat is set to 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. Try setting yours two or three degrees lower. Or if you have a spare furnace in your home from before you installed your thermostat, you could think of getting it repaired and utilizing it by using a good quality heating oil (from the likes of companies similar to Romeo’s Fuel).
Insulate your home
Your heating system works harder than it should when hot air escapes a building, and cold air enters it. A thorough check of your house’s windows and its external and internal doors during the fall can save you money on your energy bill. Ensure each one seals and does not allow drafts in or out. Also, check the house’s roof to find and repair any cracks or damaged tiles or shingles.
Roof and wall insulation are an ideal way to keep heat trapped within the confines of a home. They require an initial capital outlay but last for years and save money in the long term.
Put Mother Nature to work
While outdoor temperatures might be freezing, sunshine can warm your home during the day. Ensure that you open blinds and drapes each day to allow maximum sunlight into your home. Doing this could enable you to reduce your thermostat temperature by a few extra degrees during daylight hours.
At night, make sure that blinds and drapes are closed again. Glass is a great heat conductor and allows heat to escape a building. With a barrier in front of windows, less heat will exit your home.
Compartmentalize your home
Keeping doors to unused rooms open makes your heating system work harder than it needs to. A heating system that can be controlled room by room is effective. Do not turn on the heating in your guest room unless someone is staying there. Close its door so that cold air from this unheated room does not enter the rest of your house.
Use your kitchen during winter as it will be one of the warmest rooms in your house. Using a stovetop or oven to cook or bake immediately heats the kitchen. Leave the oven door cracked open after using it to allow the heat to enter your kitchen. Opening your dishwasher door right after its cycle ends has a similar effect.