The winter heating bills can quickly eat into your apartment budget, but you don’t have to let those high costs get out of control. Here are a few effortless ways you can keep your costs low while still using your heater.
Turn Down the Thermostat
In most winter climates, lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re home and setting it lower at night or when you’re away can save a significant amount of energy. This is due to the fact that you’ll be keeping your house warmer than it normally is, which means your heating system doesn’t have to run as much. A 10-degree drop in temperature can save you up to 1 percent of your annual heating bill, according to EnergyHub. This is particularly effective if you set your thermostat to lower it by 7-10 degrees for an eight-hour period each day (such as when you’re asleep or at work).
Close The Doors
Closing doors to rooms that aren’t being used can reduce your energy costs. By keeping the doors shut, you’ll prevent your heating system from having to keep pumping out warm air. The idea behind this is that closed doors create big barriers to slow air currents. This helps stop cold air from coming in through draughts.
Change The Air Filter
One of the best ways to save on your heating bill is to change your air filter regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow, which means your furnace must work harder and longer than necessary to provide a healthy temperature in your home. Clogged air filters also make your system less efficient, which could increase your energy bills. Plus, dirty air can trigger allergies or asthma attacks in susceptible people.
Replace The Weather Stripping
If your doors have weather stripping that’s old, cracked or worn out, replacing it can be a quick and easy way to save money on your heating bill. It won’t be a difficult DIY project and it can save you up to 20% on your energy bills. Before you start, measure the space between your door frame and the door or window, taking separate measurements along the top and sides to ensure that the new weather stripping is wide enough to fit. Then, look for durable and weather-resistant materials that can stand up to abrasions, temperature changes and general wear and tear.
Insulate the Unused Rooms
If you have rooms that are unused, such as three-season or guest rooms, storage areas and basements, interior wall insulation will help you save money on your heating bill. Not only will this reduce the amount of energy used to heat those spaces, but it will also prevent heat from escaping and creating a draft in other rooms of your home.
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