Save some major dinero on your heating bill and put that money towards your financial dreams – like a vacation to Hawaii!! See how many of these 30 awesome money saving tips you’re already doing!
Who likes to spend an arm, a leg, and their kids' college money on their heating bill? Seriously, that's what it feels like sometimes! We all want a nice, warm house. But at the same time, heating our homes during the winter can be so. darn. expensive. You could just throw your hands up in the air and live with your heating bill… OR you could change things up a little bit! Not sure where to start??
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Don't worry! We've got your back! We're here to share some genius, out-of-the-box tips to help you lower your heating bill. We want you to take that vacation sooner, rather than later. See how much of a difference you can make by using these few tips. They're so easy to do. We promise that you'll see your heating bill go down if you will stick to them! I bet you're curious now. Let's hop to it!
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HEATING BILL
Almost everybody has a few great ways to save on their heating bill. We polled our VIFreebs to see what all of their best tips are for saving money on their heating. (If you have no clue what we're talking about, learn more about the VIFreebs HERE!)
As usual, they came through and gave us some great ideas! We also scoured the interwebs and found just about every way that you could possibly think of to save money on your heating bill. Some of these are pretty unique ideas that you're gonna want to try STAT. Oh, and don't forget about the great tips that we've already given you in our frugal living post! Let's get to it, then.
SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HEATING BILL WITHOUT SPENDING A PENNY
Yep, you read that right! These are the best frugal tips to save on your heating bill without having to spend any money out of your pocket! What whaaattt?!? They're so easy to do, but you may not have thought about some of these ideas. So try these out first and see just how much of a difference they make for your home.
WHERE TO START
- Lower the thermostat – How obvious is this one? Start off by lowering your thermostat during the day AND at night. You don't want your house to be frigid, but try lowering it by a few degrees and see how that works!
- Put on warm clothes – If you're worried about getting cold when you lower the thermostat, then bundle up! Make sure that you're wearing socks, house shoes, warm pants and a sweater.
- Keep blankets handy – When you're sitting down, cover up with a blanket! Our favorites are Minky Couture (use the promo code JORDAN45 HERE and get 45% off!) because they're so warm and cozy. But really, it doesn't matter what blanket you're using as long as it helps to keep you warm!
- Get up and moving to warm up – If you just can't seem to shake the cold, then get up and get moving! You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll warm up when you go run the vacuum or broom. ;)
- Reverse ceiling fans – When you're running the heat, put those ceiling fans to use! Reverse them so that they're on the winter setting. This will pull the heat off the ceiling and bring it back down into the room. It'll help to make your room feel warmer without actually having any extra heat running!
- Lower the water heater – It's really tempting to take a long, hot shower on a cold winter day to help warm you up when you're cold. But that hot water heater can really cost you some money! Lower it to 120° F and see how much of a difference it makes on your heating bill.
- Open curtains and blinds – When the sun is shining, open up those curtains and blinds and let that sunlight in! It's free heating for that room, especially those southern-facing windows.
- Dust vents and radiators – Dust build up on vents and radiators will really get in the way of how much heat is coming out. Dust those bad boys regularly! Then you don't have to worry about that being the cause of your high heating bill and cooler house. Pro tip: the dusting glove from e-cloth is the BEST! Use code JORDAN for 10% off!
- Don't use kitchen and bathroom fans – Unless you're cooking something that's really stinky, don't turn on those fans! That's just getting rid of the heat in the kitchen. And the same goes for the bathroom, don't turn that fan on unless you absolutely have to! Just open the door when you're done and let that heat go into the other room.
- Use the oven in the morning – For those who like to bake or make bread, do it first thing in the morning so that your oven will help to warm your house up!
- Only heat rooms that you're using – Most of us have parts of the house that we don't use very much. Rather than heating the whole house, only heat the rooms that you're in! Space heaters or electric fireplaces work great for this.
- Use fireplace/wood burning stove – Use those to your advantage! It can warm the room that it's in, while also helping to heat the rest of the house.
- Close the chimney flue – When you're not using your fireplace, make sure that you close the chimney flue! This will keep your warm air in and keep cold air out.
- Close vents in unused parts of the house – Some houses have vents everywhere… But do you really need a vent fully open in a room that hardly gets used? Close them part or all of the way to redirect that heat into another part of the house that needs it more. Just make sure that you have enough vents open so that the system doesn't overheat and the proper amount of air can get out.
- Turn the thermostat down when you leave – Start making it a habit to turn the thermostat down when you leave the house, especially if you're going to be gone all day! This may sound crazy, but it really won't take that long to heat up the house when you get home.
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- Set up equal pay – After living in your house for a year, some electric companies will let you set up equal pay. They figure out what your average was for the year and then break it down into 12 equal payments so that you can easily budget for it.
- Shop around for better prices – For those who have options to use different companies, shop around! See who has the best prices and get locked in on those.
- Pre-book your propane – One way to save money on your heating bill when your house runs on propane is to pre-book before it gets cold. Most companies will send you a notification when it's time to pre-book and order your propane for the winter. Now, you do have to pay for it all up front. However, most of the time, you'll end up saving money because propane tends to get more expensive during the winter when there's a higher demand for it.
INVEST IN THESE ITEMS NOW TO SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN
Do you already do all of the tips listed above, but would still like to see your heating bill lower? You may have to spend a little bit of money out of pocket, but it won't take long for you to see the results! Now, don't think that we're telling you to run out and do all of these at once…
Choose which one would work best for your unique situation at your home and fits into your budget and start there! Then slowly work on the others as you have the time and money for it.
UPDATE YOUR HOME
- Repair old ducting – Once a year, you should check out your ducting to make sure that it hasn't gotten any holes or damages to it. If you can use tape to repair it, make sure that you use aluminum foil ducting tape because it won't break down over time like regular duct tape will.
- Seal leaks in your house – Leaks around doors, windows, and electrical outlets are definite drains on your heating bill. When it's really cold, go around your house and feel for cold air coming in. Then seal them with caulking or weather stripping.
- Programmable/smart thermostat – Here is one of the best ways to save money on your heating bill! Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat. Come up with a schedule that works for your family. Then, have the thermostat turn the heat up and down automatically so that you don't have to worry about it! Our favorite is Vivint, which you can learn more about that HERE. We've also heard great things about the Nest and Ecobee thermostats.
- Plastic window treatments on older, single-pane windows – If you live in an older house that has single-pane windows, invest in plastic window treatments that will help to insulate your windows and keep the cold out.
- Insulation – Speaking of insulation, make sure that your house has enough of it! You can look and see how much is recommended for the area that you live in. This could also be a tax deduction, woot woot!
- Install air vent booster fans – Have a room that's always cold because it's at the end of the line? Invest in an air vent booster fan and enjoy the warmth that it brings to that room without having to worry about your heating bill. It pulls air out of the heating system and into the room that wouldn't normally get there because it's at the end of the line.
OTHER TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY WARM WITHOUT KILLING YOUR HEATING BILL
- Heated mattress pads – One way to make sleeping more comfortable when you turn the heat down at night is to use a heated mattress pad. It really helps to keep your bed nice and warm and you don't have to worry about it falling off of you during the night like you would an electric blanket.
- Fleece sheets – These are another way to stay warm at night if you like to crank the heat down! Fleece sheets are even warmer than flannel sheets. Did you even know that they were a thing?!
- Use a warm comforter on your bed – Be sure that you have a warm comforter or quilt to cover up with at night when you go to sleep! And feel free to pile on the warm blankets on top of that if you still tend to get cold.
- Use big, thick curtains – Curtains are an easy (and pretty!) way to help insulate a window. They help to cut down on the draftiness of a room and keep that cold air out.
- Change your air filters – This one may be an obvious, but change your air filters out on a regular basis! When they get dirty, the heat can't flow through them as easily, which will cut down on how much is coming out.
- Have your HVAC serviced yearly – Wondering what the best way to ensure that your heating (and cooling) bill is as low as it can go? Pay the small fee and have your HVAC serviced yearly. This will allow you to know that it's running to the best of its abilities and the technician may have some tips for you if you're having certain issues with it.
Alright, there you have it! 30 ways to save money on your heating bill. Try them out and let us know how they work for you! Do you have additional ways that you save money on heating? Share them with us in the comments so that we can all save as much money as possible!
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