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5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill

When it’s cold outside, you want to stay warm inside. It can be expensive to heat your home, especially with extremely low temperatures. Here are a few tips to lower your heating bill.

Don’t Heat Unused Rooms

If you have rooms that you are not actively using like storage or guest space close them off. If you shut the doors and any vents going to those rooms you won’t be wasting energy and money.

Eat at Home

You know that eating at home as opposed to dining out can save you money, but it can also save energy. If you’re cooking at home the heat coming from your appliances can warm your other rooms. If you enjoy baking, open your oven after you turn it off to allow the excess heat to flow out into your home. The overall temperature will rise and your heating unit won’t have to kick on.

Use the Sun

During the daytime open up any shades or curtains to allow the sun’s warmth to enter your home. Even if the temperature outside is low, the sun will do a good job of heating your home. When the sun goes down close the shades back up. This will provide an extra layer to keep the heat in.

Lower Your Thermostat

This one might seem obvious, but it’s also the most forgotten. When you’re getting ready to leave in the morning turn down the heat. No one is there to keep comfortable, and as long as you keep it to a reasonable level, your pipes will be safe. It’s also a good idea to lower the heat just before bed. If you’ve got blankets to keep you warm no need for your heater to do any extra work.

Rearrange Your Space

One of the most important things to be aware of when heating your home is airflow. Move your furniture around to create the best path for heat to disperse. Check to see if any furniture is blocking heating vents. Clearing the way for the heat to travel will raise the temperature of your space.

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