Dollar Stretcher: Take Charge of Your Heating Bill

 

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Colder weather often brings heating bills that can challenge any budget. Here are five Dollar Stretcher tips we found from the Consumer Energy Center that you can use today to reduce your Heating Bill.

  1. High heating bills happen when you can least afford them and can really hurt your ability to manage the money you have. Determine if your utility company offers balanced billing that can provide you with the same monthly heating bill every month. Balancing the cost of heating over 12 months can dramatically reduce your bill during the cold weather months when a heating bills can be as high as $300 to $400 a month.
  1. If you have a traditional furnace, make it a habit to turn your heat down to 55 to 60 degrees when you and your family are not home and at night when you go to bed. (NOTE: Heat Pumps should only be turned down 2 degrees). According to the Consumer Energy Center, you could save up to 5 to 20% on your monthly heating costs by remembering to do this simple step.
  1. If your family is healthy turning your heat down to 68 degrees and putting on a sweater, sweatshirt or simply an undershirt and extra socks or slippers will make a difference without sacrificing comfort. The Consumer Energy Center (CEC) estimates that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range will save the average home approximately 5% on monthly heating costs. For Example—If your winter heating bill averages $300 on a cold month, you could save as much as $90 by lowering the temperature six degrees.
  1. Here’s a trick that uses the sun to help keep heat your home. The CEC suggests opening your window drapes and shades when the sun is out to allow the suns warmth in. Closing the drapes and shades when the sun goes down will help insulate your home from drafts and the cold.
  1. The exterior walls of your home are typically the coldest. The CEC suggests rearranging your rooms in colder months so that chairs and sofas are located against interior walls or away from exterior walls. This simple step will ensure your families comfort while lessening the need to turn up costly heat.

 

 

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