Saving Money On Your Heating Bill – Tips to Help

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Saving Money On Your Heating Bill

Saving Money on Your Heating Bill

If you haven’t accepted it yet, winter is here. As I sit and write this article, the current temperature is -11 and it feels like -37 here in Indiana and we have over a foot of snow! Mother Nature sure knows how to put a stop to things real fast when she wants too. Living in Indiana all of my life you would think I would get used to the winters here. I think I just dislike the cold more every year. Haha!

Every winter my husband and I purchase plastic to go on the windows, but the last couple of weeks with this bitter cold being forecast, I decided to research a little further to see what other things I could do to keep my house warm and not pay a fortune for our heating bill.

Tips For Lowering Your Heating Bill

Use A Programmable Thermostat

  • Saving Money on Your Heating Bill - thermostatWe love our programmable thermostat. It take the hassle out of constantly changing the temperature. If it gets really cold we can just manually adjust it up a degree and then after an hour or so, it will default back to the pre-set temperature that we have programmed. It works great especially when we get busy and may forget to turn it back down.
  • By using a programmable thermostat, you can lower the thermostat during the day when no one is home and even lower overnight while you are sleeping.
  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, try setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home and lowering the temperature at night or when you’re away.

Using The Stove

  • Try using ceramic and glass dishes. They will hold the heat better plus you can lower the oven temperature 25 degrees.
  • Your stove/oven may not always be the best choice for cooking. Try using small appliances, like a crock pot, electric frying pan, and the microwave. Those may be more efficient! (check out our Pinterest page for crock pot recipes)
  • By opening the oven door to check on food inside, you can lose 25-75 degrees of heat. It’s better to look through the window or wait until the food is almost done before opening the oven door.
  • If you are baking something for dinner in the oven, if you have time, go ahead and throw another meal in there for the next day. Save energy by cooking two meals at the same time.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it right after you use it. It’s already hot and will take less energy to get to the heated cleaning stage.
  • Use kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They can quickly pull warm air from your home

Washer/Dryer Tips

  • If the fabric allows, wash and rinse clothes in cold water to save on heating costs.
  • Fill your clothes dryer, but don’t overload it. Your clothes will dry faster when they have room to tumble and dry “like weighted clothing” together. It’s more efficient that way.
  • Over drying can wear out your clothes and wastes energy. Stop your dryer by setting the timer or use the auto dry cycle.
  • Clean the lint trap after every load. The lint trap on your dryer helps warm air flow better PLUS dries your clothes faster.

Saving Money on Your Heating Bill - window kitKeep The Heat IN With These Window Covering Tips

  • Put plastic on the windows. We purchase the kits from the store for windows. We choose the kit that uses shrink-wrap. You just cut the size you need, use the adhesive to attach to the window, then use a blow dryer to tighten it up. Makes a HUGE difference if your windows have any small air leaks!
  • I asked my Grandma about 2 months ago if she remembers where she used to buy curtains from. She said, “well it depends on what you really want-curtains or drapes?” I asked what the difference was and she said, “Drapes have a lining on them, and are thicker and curtains don’t.” I replied, “oh I want drapes then, because that’s what I already have and I love that lining!” She actually picked the pair out that I have years ago when my parents lived in this house. Drapes can cut heat loss in HALF if they have an insulating lining. Just be sure they don’t block heat registers and air-return ducts.
  • Shutters and blinds don’t work as well because air travels through their open spaces
  • Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows to allow more sunlight and heat during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat. We use this tip a lot!


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  • Avoid warming your plates using the dishwasher-the extra heat will raise your energy bill.
  • Unclog the drain of food particles and clean your dishwasher weekly to keep it performing efficiently.
  • Wash only full loads and if possible, use the shortest cycle to get your dishes clean.
  • Turn off the dishwasher after the wash and rinse cycles. By letting the dishes air dry, you’ll save on heating costs.
  • On newer models, use the heat-off setting, or energy-saver dry option. My dishwasher has an air dry option that I always use. Even those in the South use this tip!

Furnace/Hot Water Heater

  • Saving Money on Your Heating Bill - filtreteChange the furnace filter every month. Furnace filters can become clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles that can cause your furnace to work harder because of the airflow being decreased. Furnace filters are great because they reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that can be circulated throughout your home. If you haven’t changed the filters in your house, you will be shocked to see what it looks like before you change it!
  • Set your water heater to between 120 and 130 degrees. This also prevents someone from getting a serious burn from your water too!
  • Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket. (Make sure to check your specifications in your manual for your specific water heater)

In The Bathroom

  • Use bathroom exhaust fans sparingly. They can also quickly pull warm air from your home.
  • Take shorter showers, then open the bathroom doors after taking a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.
  • Install low-flow shower heads; investing $10 on a low-flow shower head can save you 25-60%.

Saving Money on Your Heating Bill - calking & floorOther Tips

  • Repair and weather-strip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% of energy used to heat & cool homes escapes through air leaks.
  • Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Be sure to close the damper when you’re not using your fireplace.
  • While sleeping, add an extra blanket for warmth. Also use a lot of blankets/robes in the evenings when it’s colder. It keeps you from turning the thermostat up!
  • Close your attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent cold drafts and keep in heat.
  • Move furniture away from floor or return air vents.
  • Use a Door Sweep to seal any gaps underneath your doors and keep cold air from coming in.
Little Changes Can Make A Big Difference

The majority of these tips don’t require a lot of work and are fairly inexpensive to get. You can also call your local utility provider and request an energy audit. We called our local utility company a couple of months ago. They sent someone out from the Energizing Indiana program right to our home. A lot of these programs are FREE and they will install CFL bulbs, low-flow faucet aerators, shower heads as well as perform an energy audit of your home.

For even more information on how to make your home more efficient visit the Department Of Energy. There are TONS of tips and tools to help you be more efficient in heating and other areas too! I hope these tips will help you save on your heating bill this winter like they have helped my family!


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