We are right in the heart of the winter heating season, with most of North America, Asia and Europe engulfed in record or near record low temperatures and snow.
One does not have the time, or for most of us the money, to invest in home improvements to reduce our heating bills. We need to take action now, right now, with measures which hopefully will not cost very much if anything to do.
What follows are 15 of the more than 110 home heating energy savings tips we have collected since 2007 in our energy savings guide. They have helped us reduce our own home's winter heating bills and hopefully they will help you.
Check that furniture and rugs are kept way from heating vents . You can seal all the air leaks you can find, you can have the highest efficiency furnace available, you can do all the right things; however, if you have your heating vents blocked by throw rugs or furniture, your furnace will keep pushing out heated air because blocked vents are stopping it from reaching the areas of the room.
Going to bed early reducing heating costs . How? The earlier you go to bed in the winter, the sooner you can turn down the temperature in your home and then make your heating system run less often to heat your home. And, by going to bed earlier, it does not have to mean falling asleep earlier (although this is likely to happen). Rather than reading in the living room, read in bed under the covers. Or, instead of watching TV in the family room, why not watch TV in bed (if you have a television in the bedroom).
Be sure to open your curtains and blinds on all windows on a sunny winter day . During the day, keep the blinds and drapes open during the day to let the sun's ultra-violet, or UV, rays enter the home directly to help heat the inside and reduce the frequency and duration that the furnace comes on.
Considering heating only the first floor during the day , especially if anyone is home will spend their time mostly on the main floor of the home. Why? Warn air rises, right? So, by heating only the first floor, the hot air will make its way upstairs. How can this be done? Well, by simply closing all the vent registrants in the rooms on the second floor.
Keep beds and chairs away from exterior walls . The idea here is simple. If cool air enters into the home through cracks in the wall, through under insulated walls and through windows, why have your furniture near outer walls and near windows? Just re-arrange the room accordingly to make those in the beds or sitting in the chairs not feel as cold.
Daily check to ensure that exterior doors are fully closed . Check every now and again that your door to the front or side or back of our homes closed at all times when the furnace is on in the winter; otherwise you may as well be trying to heat your entire neighborhood.
Check to ensure that all windows are fully closed and locked . Locking the windows further precedes cold air leaking into your home. And, are you really, really sure that all of the windows which you tend to keep open in the summer were actually closed shut by someone when winter started? Are you?
Close the fireplace damper when finished . When there are no more smoking embers in wood burning fireplaces, or after you turn the electricity or natural gas off from such fireplace types, remember to close its damper to seal your heated air inside your home. Otherwise you will have your home's heated air go up the chimney causing your furnace to run more and more, costing you money.
Close heating vents in unused rooms . Why waste heated air by having it go into a room that is not being used?
Close doors in unused rooms . Even if you close the vents in unused rooms, air heated in other rooms will enter it, causing your furnace to run more often costing you money. Close the door to the unused room so keep the heated air in those rooms where it is needed.
Seal the space under the closed door to unused rooms . Again, this is to keep the heated air out of unused rooms. You can use an old bath towel you already have so it costs you nothing to do.
Clean air registers and baseboard heaters regularly . The more dirt and dust collected around baseboards and air vents, the greater the effort it takes for the heated air to get past and heat the room. It does not take that long, now does it?
Check along exterior walls and window frames for air leaks . These are two typical areas for cold outside air entering the house. It costs nothing except a few minutes to check to see if you feel cold air entering your home. If you find air leaks, you can decide whether to spend money to fix it or not.
Remove window air conditioner unit in the winter . For those with air conditioning units in the window, there is no need to keep them there in the winter. In fact, if you remove them and then close the window you will significantly eliminate the various air leaks in and around the air conditioning unit and save you money through reduced heating bills.
Close curtains at night to retain indoor heat . Remember, windows are nothing more than huge holes in your wall containing nothing more than one or two or possibly even three panes of glass.
Remember, all of the above 15 energy savings tips you can do right now to immediately start to reduce your home heating bills at no cost to you.
To read more of our cost and additional heating cost reduction tips, simply access our energy savings guide using the resource link below.
Source by Dan Powell