How to reduce your heating bill this winter

With the cool weather upon us it's time to start thinking about energy conservation. One of the biggest costs to a home owner in winter months is the cost of heating. Here are a few tips from Direct Energy to cut your heating costs and keep your home cozy this winter.

 

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  • Turn your furnace down slightly. Even one degree can make a big difference.
  • Dress warmly when indoors. Lower your thermostat by two degrees. You could save as much as four percent on your heating bill.
  • Turn your heat down at night and throw on an extra blanket.
  • Turn off heat in unused rooms and shut the doors.
  • Heading out for a while? Turn the heat down to save energy.
  • Keep the heat in the house by closing the curtains. Yep, even this can make a difference.
  • Throw down a rug on exposed floors. Not only will it insulate, it will cut down on noise as well.
  • Install a furnace alarm. This will tell you when to change filters.
  • Just changing dirty filters on your furnace could save you five percent on your heating bill.
  • Keep supply and return air vents clear of objects like furniture. This allows your furnace to operate more efficiently.
  • Check doors for proper insulation. Place your hand against a door from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that’s better insulated.
  • Adding a humidifier to your heating system lets you turn the thermostat down and be comfortable at lower temperatures. Aquariums and houseplants add humidity, too.
  • Did you know that heat recovery ventilators improve indoor air quality by expelling stale indoor air continuously and using its heat to preheat the incoming fresh air? Installing one of these may give you the added savings you’re looking for on your next energy bill.
  • Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. For those cold, winter months, the blades should operate in a clockwise direction, helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter clockwise direction as a way of creating a nice, gentle wind.

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