It’s winter here in the northeast, but you wouldn’t know it by mother nature. The greater New York City area ended up with the tenth warmest January on record. Personally, we had one snow storm and few days close to 60. But there is still February, March and maybe April to get some winter cold, snowy weather.
Here are some tips to save on your heating bill:
- Can you lower your thermostat? You can do this all the time or certain times of the day. For certain times, think about your schedule – Can you lower it when you are out and no one is home? At night when you are in bed?
- Do you have a fireplace(s)? If the answer is yes, is your damper closed when your fireplace isn’t in use? This can let cold air into your home (and warm air escape). Remember to open the damper before you start a fire.
- You know how nice it can feel with the sun shinning in on a bright sunny day. It’s a favorite for our dog to lay down inside in the sun. Well that’s really great in the day, but what about the night? Close your blind / drapes to keep the cold air out. You can lose as much as 10% of your room’s heat during the night.
- Check for drafts. Yes, it’s winter but there are so many drafty spots on the inside of your home that you can fix from the inside. Think windows and doors (sealing unused windows with plastic film), electrical / cable outlets (outlet sealers), and check around your pipes (spray foam insulation).
These are some of the things that we do around our home to keep pour heating bill as low as possible. There is more to do outside, before the weather gets cold. Check out this past newsletter with those tips.