With Labor Day behind us and cooler weather ahead, it’s time to turn up the heat. Whether you use propane heat, natural gas, or electric, here are ten smart (and simple) ways to comfortably cut your heating bill.
1. Let the sun heat your home for free.
A simple way to harness the sun’s warmth is to simply leave your curtains and blinds open during the day. Sunlight and UV rays pass through glass windows and convert to heat inside your home.
2. Fix slow energy leaks around your home.
Small gaps around windows and doors can let the heat out and the cold in – forcing your heating system to work overtime. The good news is, you can fill these leaks easily and affordably with a little caulk.
3. Inspect your home’s insulation.
A properly insulated home can help keep the cold out and cut your heating costs by up to 20%. Have an insulation specialist inspect your home now, before the cooler weather arrives.
4. Maintain your appliances.
Appliances that run at peak performance use far less energy – reducing your energy costs. This is especially true of propane appliances. That’s why maintenance of your propane appliances is so important.
5. Change your furnace filter(s) regularly.
This simple DIY chore can improve your home’s clean air flow, take some of the strain off your furnace, and reduce your energy costs. Replace your filter every four to six weeks during heating season.
6. Install a programmable thermostat.
This affordable device can be set to fit your household routine. Program the heat to drop when you’re out and come back up before you get home. Best of all, it helps you save on your heating bill!
7. Drop the temp on your hot water heater.
You may be surprised to know that 18% of a typical household’s energy use is for water heating. By setting your water heater between 110° F and 120° F, you can cut your energy costs without giving up comfort.
8. Wash your clothes with cold water.
As just mentioned, it takes a lot of energy to heat water. And most clothes don’t need to be washed in hot water. Set your washing machine to cold and cut your hot water heating costs by 7% to 11%.
9. Upgrade your older appliances.
As appliances get older, they tend to require more repairs. Spending money now on high-efficiency replacements can cut both your maintenance and energy costs for years to come.
10. Convert to propane and save!
Heating with propane is safe, efficient, and affordable. Take a moment now to discover the many advantages of converting your home to propane.
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