The fall is always a great time of year, but for many, that means winter is just around the corner. Which means an increase in your heating bills.
If you are someone who has oil heat, your bill can be even more expensive, with a tank refill costing hundreds of dollars in one shot. But, there is good news, there are some easy things you can do at home to help save your bill.
Let’s try a few.
Annual Check Ups
One of the very best ways to keep your heat down is to make sure your heating system is not leaking or broken. Many people with older systems are losing money because there are small leaks within the heating system that are a quick and easy fix.
That’s why you should always schedule annual check ups for someone to come in and check your units. They will be able to plug any holes, slow any leaks and give you a heads up on the condition of of your system.
By keeping your heating system up to date it is going to help to prolong the life of your heating system and end up saving you money in leaks and big repairs over the long run.
Add the Layers
The easiest way to save some money on your heating bills without having to expend any of your own money is to turn down the thermostat a few degrees and add some layers when you are at home.
It might seem like a small change, but even lowering your home temperature a degree or two can translate into savings each year.
For even larger savings, especially if your heating system is on a timer, set your heat to drop in temperature during the night and then during the day when you are at work. By dropping the heat at these times, even 5 or 10 degrees you can see very large savings.
Check the Pipes
For those with older water heaters and heating systems, check the pipes. Are they covered with a layer of insulation? Many new systems are, but old systems might not have this feature.
If there is no insulation on the pipes, consider heading to the local big box or hardware store and buying some insulation jackets. These are very low cost and will fit right over the exposed pipes.
By insulating the pipes it will help stop valuable heat from leaving the heating system, all of which can add up.
What about you? What have you done during the cooler fall and winter months to help reduce those heating bills? We’d love to hear all of your tips!