Did you know that heating your home costs more money than any other system in your home? Keeping your home warm can contribute as much as 42% of your overall utility bill. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of home heating systems around the country.
- 49% use natural gas
- 34% use electricity
- 6% use fuel oil
- 5% use propane/LPG
- 2% use wood
- 1% use other various heating fuel
- The final 3% either do not have or use heating equipment
What’s interesting to note is that no matter what type of system you use, there are ways to save both energy and money while still remaining physically comfortable. But on the flipside, even if you use energy-efficient appliances, you could still be wasting money in other ways.
The goal for all home heating systems is to combine energy-efficient equipment with proper maintenance, thermostat settings, air sealing and recommended insulation. Achieving these goals can save you as much as 30% on your energy bills while reducing environmental emissions at the same time.
Here are some heating tips to save you money this winter:
- Set your thermostat to as low a temperature as possible while still remaining comfortable. Lower it even more overnight and while you’re away from home.
- To make controlling your thermostat simpler, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat. By doing so, you can program the thermostat to raise or lower depending on the time of day.
- Either replace or clean your furnace filters at least once a month.
- Clean your baseboard heaters, warm-air registers and radiators when required. Also, make sure they are not blocked or obstructed by carpeting, furniture or curtains.
- Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators at least once or twice a season. You can either do this yourself or contact a professional.
- After using exhaust fans in the kitchen or bath, turn them off within 20 minutes after you’ve finished cooking or showering.
- If you need to replace an exhaust fan, consider purchasing low-noise, high-efficiency models.
- Position heat-resistant radiator reflectors between your radiators and exterior walls.
- During the winter, keep your curtains and shades open on south-facing windows during the day to allow warm sunlight to enter your home. Keep them closed at night to lower the chill you may feel from cold windows.