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3 Simple Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Everyone will be looking to save a bit of money on their heating bills this winter. There are a number of ways to do it, and here are three very simple ones.

Turn down the heat, and add a layer of clothing

One simple, and basic, way to save money on your heating bills is to turn down the heat. Each degree that you lower the thermostat equates to more money in your pocket. Think you will be too cold? Just throw on a second layer, a sweater!

The typical rule of thumb is that for every degree you lower the temperature in your home, it equals a 3% savings on your electric bill. The ACEEE (or American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) states that if you remember to turn down the thermostat 10 degrees when you go to work and then again 10 degrees when you go to bed, it will save around 14% on your heating bills.

Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home is a must for saving money this season. Make sure to caulk windows and use weatherstripping on doors. This will prevent heat loss. Look for any air leaks, such as those from the attic to the house, and of course, seal those, too. Speaking of attics, insulation can really save you money on your heating bills. Today you can even custom build with energy efficient insulation that may even get you a tax break–even more savings!

You can also install storm windows and doors to keep out drafts and keep your house warmer.

Water Heater

Turn down your water heater, too. See what it is already set at, typically the factory setting is a bit higher than necessary. Set it to 120º. This will allow you to save on heating costs because it provides you with comfortable hot water without breaking the bank.

If you are currently designing your custom home, keep in mind these helpful tips, and look for ways to save on your heating costs as you build. Green homes are great for both the environment and your bank account.

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+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com