Home Improvement

How to Reduce Your Heating Bills

Heating bills can be one of a homeowner’s biggest expenses in the colder months of the year. Luckily, there are several inexpensive things anyone can do to lower their monthly heating bill. Follow the tips below to keep your home warmer without turning up the heat.

Use Window Covers

Uncovered windows can both bring in a lot of cold air and let out a lot of heat. Most people already have curtains of most of their windows. When trying to conserve heat, the thicker the curtain, the better. Tuck the ends of the curtain against the seams of the window pane. Heat is most likely to escape from these areas. If the home has old windows, it can also help to put window plastic over them.

It is also important to use a skylight blind to keep heat from escaping from windows on the roof. Heat rises; homeowners who do not cover their skylights are much more likely to have a colder home than someone who does cover his or her skylight. These covers can be placed inside or outside of the home, depending on what model you purchase.

Use Draft Excluders 

Draft excluders can be placed wherever a stray draft may enter the home. They are usually placed at the bottom of doors and windows, as this is where cold air is most likely to enter the home, and where hot air is most likely to escape. There are several different types of draft excluders to pick from. Some of the most popular look like small pool noodles covered in cloth. If you cannot afford a new draft excluder, rolling up a blanket or other cloth and placing it near a draft area can also help.

Covering entry points to your home is one of the best ways to keep cold air out and warm air in. Use all of these tips together to get the best results.