Tips for Saving Money on Heating Bills

With the colder months upon us my family and I start see a much higher gas bill. Although it is expected because our heater is constantly running when the temperature dips below zero it is still hard to dish out that extra money every month.

With the help of the following tips and ideas on saving money on heating bills, you will be able to rest assured that you won’t have any surprises at the end of the month.  There are a variety of different ways to avoid having to pay an extreme amount of money for heating and using them to your advantage can help you to run a more economical household.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few tips to help you lower your heating bills to keep more money in your pocket this winter season. I broke it down into two different sections. The first set of tips are simple tricks that are inexpensive. The second list are a bit more extensive and cover the larger tasks that you can do to start saving money on heating bills.

 

 

If you are looking for ideas on saving money on heating bills check out these three tips to help you keep money in your pocket this Winter.

6 Simple tips to lower your gas bill:

  1. Clean your warm-air registers to allow the heat to easily pass through.
  2. Move any furniture you have that is up against an exterior wall since those are the coldest areas.
  3. If you have a fireplace, close it up to the outside when you are not using it to prevent any cool air from seeping in.
  4. I know this is very obvious but dress warmer when you are going to bed or sleep with a heavy comforter so that you do not have to turn up the temperature on your thermostat.
  5. The same goes for your clothes throughout the day. Dress warmer and lower the temperature on your thermostat.
  6. Close your curtains at night to keep the cold out.

All of the small things can really add up when it comes to saving money.

I also wanted to share with you a few ideas that were sent in my one of my readers:

1-    We use a thermostat that you can pre-program for the whole week! You can pick them up for as little as $30 at places like Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.

2-   We put clear plastic over some of our windows that we don’t need to look out during the winter months. That too is inexpensive and really keeps the cold out. (I think we paid $6.00 for a roll that will cover at least 3 rooms worth of windows).

3-   We put rolled towels or doorstops at the bottom of the doors that cold air can leak in from.

Tips for Saving Money on Heating

Step 1: Insulating the Home

The number one way to make sure that your house doesn’t soak in the cold air and keeps the warm air inside is to make sure that it is insulated.  Make sure that every room in your house is insulated.  This material is great for minimizing heat transfers in both the summer and the wintertime.  Plus, it allows your home to utilize ventilation to control moisture within the wood.  Have an inspector determine if your home has a sufficient amount of insulation for the winter. Even though this is not a simple task to complete you will be happy once it is done.

Step 2: Energy Efficient Thermostats

There are many different types of thermostats that you can get from your local hardware store and many of them are energy efficient to help you save money during the colder months.  Even if you find that you do not want to spend the money on energy efficient thermostats, you can train your existing one to save you money simply by changing the heating settings.  Consider turning your thermostat down when you are out of the house so that it’s not running when you’re not home.  This will help you to stop wasting money on heating that won’t be used. Many people have told me that they like to turn their thermostats down at night since they are under blankets anyways.

Step 3: Looking at Windows

You would be surprised at the fact that the majority of cool air and hot air that leaves your home is as a result of your windows.  The majority of homes find that they spend more money on heating costs because of outdated windows.  Windows are essentially large holes in the walls that separate you and the outside world through a pane of glass.  Therefore, it is imperative that you make sure that your windows are of the best quality to assist your house with retaining the most heat. This tip for saving money on heating will definitely cost you a lot more for the initial investment, but the long-term savings definitely will add up every year to help keep money in your pocket.

If you are looking for ideas on saving money on heating bills check out these three tips to help you keep money in your pocket this Winter.

Also, check out some tips for Saving Money on your Electric Bill. What are some ideas you have for saving money on heating bills, please share in the comments below!

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  1. Hands down, the best way to save on heating bills is to ensure that your home is properly insulated. If not, the heat your system creates will constantly seep out of the house and will need to be replenished ongoing. This will cause the heating bill to skyrocket.

  2. I agree that you should close up your fireplace. I think the best way to do this is to install glass doors to cover it up. Another option may be to cover up the chimney entrance, as long as research reveals that doing so is safe.

  3. I’m really working on trying to save money on our heating bill. I have ours on the budget so we don’t pay any more in January than we do in July. It really helps instead of having a huge bill a few months of the year. The windows in our house are 89 years old. I applied to a work group that helps lower income families with home repairs to see if they would do the work to replace our windows. I’m really hoping they do, as the windows are the last thing we need to get up to code to be able to foster / adopt. One thing that I do is I use an electric blanket. I wouldn’t want to do that with a child, but I can turn the heat much lower at night when I’m being warmed by my blankets. We also added foam insulation to all outlets and light switches on walls that are adjacent to the outside. I actually could tell that made a difference as ours were so drafty!
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  4. I will try to dress warmer and keep my thermostat down. I just feel silly walking around my house in a sweater, but if that is what it takes to save some money, I can do it. Another thing I have heard that is supposed to help is to make sure the furnace filter is changed often.

  5. You make a great point about checking the flue on any fireplaces you may have in your home to help save on heating costs. We only use our fireplace in the winter, but keeping the flue open all the time can make it so that a significant amount of warm are escapes your home. I also like your tip about checking for drafts around your windows and using programmable thermostats. I’ll keep these in mind to keep our energy bill low.

  6. This is some really great advice for anyone looking to save on heating costs over the winter. I had never thought about how much heat you could lose through the windows of your home, but it makes sense that they can leech a lot of energy. I’ll have to look into my windows energy rating, and possibly replacing them. Thanks so much for writing!

  7. Insulating your home does seem like a very good thing to do if you want to stay warm during the winter. However, if your heating system is broken no matter how much insulation you have you will still get cold. Do you know any general signs that something could be wrong with your system?

  8. I didn’t realize that your windows can have such an affect on your heating bill. I have had to crank up my heat for the past few weeks and it never seems to be warm enough. I will have to look into getting curtains like you suggest and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise, I may look into a contractor to come and see if my system needs any sort of repairs.

  9. Thank you for the help. I paid more for heating this last winter than I expected. I had not realized that simply changing the thermostat would be a good first step to be more efficient. How long should it take me to save my money back on that?

  10. I hadn’t thought about how having furniture on exterior walls could make it seem colder. I’ve ended up putting a lot of furniture by windows or exterior walls because it looks nice, only to wonder why it’s so cold on the couch. I’ll have to be more careful about my furniture placement so I don’t need to use the heating as much. Thanks for the article!

  11. For some reason my parents have been telling me their gas bill has been soaring these last few months. I think we need to be cleaning our warm air registers. Thank you so much for sharing this information regarding lowering my gas bill.

  12. I really like what you said about closing your fireplace from the outside, that is a really good idea. My husband and I just moved into a new house, and we have a beautiful fireplace. Where it’s so new to us, we will be sure to figure out how to keep it closed from the outside during the winter, so that we don’t let the cold air in.

  13. I have a lot of windows in my home and I wonder if that’s the reason that my heating bill was high this past year. I should probably get them inspected just in case. If you’re already doing these three things, I’ve heard that have HVAC services inspect you system yearly is a great way to help save on heating bills.

  14. These tips are so helpful; I have never thought of most of them, before! I liked the one about covering up your chimney if it opens to the outside. I bet that really helps keep the cool air from getting in. I doubt a lot of people do this, so you mentioning it here is really helpful. I will try that out this winter and see if my energy bill goes down!

  15. I have been getting my electricity bills a bit high. After reading these tips, I hope to control my bills and save some money. Thanks a lot for sharing this post!

  16. I really like your tip about closing your curtains at night to keep the cold out so that you can save money on your heating bill. My husband has been trying to fix our heater for a while now so we will have to keep these tips in mind in the meantime. We are thinking about calling someone in to help us with the process so thank you for sharing!

  17. I appreciate the information on how to save money on heating bills. I agree that one of the best ways to keep your heating bill down is to have regular maintenance on your heater. This can help you avoid any of the big problems that will cost more and it will help avoid emergencies. I would imagine that keeping the heater clear of debris can be a huge help in saving money as well.

  18. I love your tips for saving money on heating. I never would have thought about the benefits of smart thermostats, but it makes sense. Ours is still set manually, so we need to buy a new one.

  19. These are great tips for saving money on heating bills! Furnaces can use a lot of energy to run and so finding one that is energy efficient can make a bigger difference with the usage and save money on your electric bill! Thanks for sharing this!

  20. Thanks for the tips to save money on heating! Our heating bills have been much higher than normal this year, and I want to make sure we do everything we can to reduce them. I like that you mentioned to make sure you close your curtains. I didn’t realize that they could help keep cold out. We will be sure to do that.

  21. That makes sense that the majority of heat transfer in a home occurs at the windows. They are a thinner membrane than, say, your walls. Windows can let heat and not let it escape, but they will let the cold in if they have leaks.

  22. Thank you for talking about how you need to consider the type of windows you have when trying to save money on heating. I can see that taking the time to create a proper eating plan can help you reduce your energy bills and make sure your heater is running properly. We are planning on getting an electric heater and want to make sure we find the best electrician who can help us choose it and install it to make sure it is the right one for the size of our house, so I’m glad I found your page.
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  23. Those are great tips. During the day we leave our curtains open to let sun in. At night we close them, they’re insulated and seem to help hold heat in better.

  24. I like that you talked about how the age of your windows can affect how much airflow is going in and out of your house. My parents live in an older home and were struggling to keep their house warm last winter. They should look into having their windows checked and see if that will help their problem.

  25. As an experienced professional at ESCO Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electric, I strongly agree with these energy saving tips. I can imagine an average household bill decreasing by 10 – 20 % if anyone follow these tips.

  26. Like one of the people above mentioned, you have to have good insulation and nowhere for the heat to escape or you are just burning money. Double glazing helps. Also moving further down the money-saving tree having a ceiling fan can help reduce heating costs. However useless if the above issues are not addressed.

  27. Thank you for writing this helpful post—these are all great tips for homeowners looking to save money on their heating bills this winter (especially since we haven’t seen the last of the bitter cold!). It’s crazy how such small changes like slightly lowering the thermostat, changing the air filter regularly, and using a programmable thermostat can help lower your heating bills. Thanks again, I will definitely use these tips this winter!

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