When temperatures outside start dropping, many homeowners start to see an increase in their heating bills.
Many factors can cause your bill to go up, but there are steps you can take to lower your bill while still keeping your home warm and comfortable.
Obviously, as it gets colder outside, you want to be warmer inside. This causes people to set their thermostats higher than normal to crank up the heat. Your furnace, however, could be working overtime to maintain the heat that keeps your comfortable. One way to combat the winter chill is to pile on the layers by wearing extra clothes or using multiple blankets. All of these items are going to need to be washed, which results in doing more laundry and running the dryer will also increase your energy and heating bill. If your home is older or poorly insulated, you could be losing heat through leaky windows or drafty doors. Since the heat is leaking freely due to poor insulation, you will have to run your heater more often or at a higher temperature which will significantly increase your heating bill. Your furnace also could be not functioning like it should. If the heating system is outdated or hasn’t been serviced in a while, it could be struggling to run properly and increasing your monthly energy bills. By purchasing a programmable thermostat, setting your thermostat to a lower temperature, getting your furnace serviced, properly insulating, and bundling up with layers, you can stay warm without spending extra money.