How to Save on Your Home Heating and Cooling Bill

Posted March 9th, 2010
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thermostat2Everyone wants to save money on their home. Whether it’s getting a multiple policy discount on your homeowners insurance or installing CFL light bulbs that use less energy, there are a number of ways you can reduce the amount of money required to keep your house running and in good shape.

One of the areas you can save on your home is to reduce your heating and cooling bills. One of the single highest costs involved in your home is keeping it warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

Home Improvements

Perhaps the most effective way to save on your home heating and cooling bill is to make certain improvements. Even if you’re not particularly handy, there are some home improvements you can make on your own. Others, you may wish to hire someone to do for you. Regardless, it’s estimated that around a fifth of the heat in your home can escape through basic drafts.

The first thing to do is identify where those drafts are coming from. Check all of your windows and doors to see where cold air might be seeping in.

Sealing those drafts can be easy or hard. If it’s a matter of a crevice in the frame of a window, you may be able to use some sort of an insulating filler or sealant. If it’s a more complicated draft, you might need someone to do some repair work.

Properly insulating your home is another important aspect to saving money on heating and cooling your home. Checking the insulation in your attic, for example, can save a great deal in lost heat.

Behavioral changes

Another way to save on heating and cooling costs is to change certain behaviors. The biggest of these is your thermostat setting. If you can turn your thermostat down just a degree or two, you might save as much as 5 percent on your heating consumption. You can also buy a thermostat that is programmable so that you can set the thermostat to be lower during the nighttime as well as while you’re not at the home during the day.

You can also use zone heating, either through a centralized zone heating system or through the use of strategically placed space heaters.

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