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The winters are notorious for being long and cold. Just because you expect your heating bills to skyrocket during the colder season, doesn’t mean that you can’t save money as well. The following tips can help you do just that!
1. Dress in Layers
While your first temptation might be to reach for the thermostat and turn the heat up a few more degrees when you’re chilly, you’ll see an increase in your heating bills if you do so. Instead, reach for a warm sweatshirt and add some cozy socks. Keep some blankets on the back of your couch for snuggling into while you’re watching television.
2. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Sleep experts agree that people get a better night’s sleep when their bedroom is slightly cool. Consider setting your thermostat so it keeps your home several degrees lower while you sleep. If you invest in a programmable model, you can set it and forget it.
A programmable thermostat is also a great way to avoid heating your home to your comfort level during the day while you aren’t there to enjoy it. Just turning your thermostat down by as little as 10 or 15 degrees while you and your family are away during the day can help you save about 10 percent on your overall heating costs. Program the thermostat so it starts to bring your home up to the optimal temperatures about 30 minutes before you’re due to arrive home.
3. Maintain Your Heating System
Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, it’s important that you have it maintained on a regular basis. Not only will doing so help prevent a malfunction during the cold winter months, but it will also save you money in the long run. A furnace that is clean and free of debris is more efficient than one that is not.