Stay warm!

Between record low temperatures to record high snow falls, keeping your heating bills under control might have been harder than usual this winter.

On the other hand, for some of us, repeated power outages this winter have helped lower those bills.  In fact, a number of Americans have willingly decided to turn off their heat this winter in an effort to drastically reduce their heating bills.  But that’s a less-than-ideal way to cut costs.  Here are a few less extreme ways to reduce your heating bills (voluntarily):

Securing air leakage: First things first, you need to make sure the heat you’re paying for isn’t leaking out.  Securing cold air from coming in or warm air from going out can help you save up to 10% of your heating costs.

Wear warmer clothes: Instead of cranking up the heat try wearing warmer clothes.  Don’t be scared to throw on layers to keep warm. Gortex, fleece and wool are all warm options to have in your wardrobe.

Get space heaters:  Don’t waste money heating up the entire house when you spend most of your time in one or two rooms.  Lower your thermostat and add space heaters to the rooms you hang out in.

Cover your floors: Covering the floors with rugs or carpets can help keep your home warmer.  Not only do carpeted floors help keep the heat from escaping, but they also just feel warmer on feet than cold tiled floors.

Lower your thermostat: Setting your thermostat to 68 during the day and 60 during the night will help considerably reduce your heating bills.  In fact, reducing your heat by just one degree (if it’s set between 60 and 70 degrees) can result in three percent savings or more on heating costs.

Cut down on hot showers: I know I’m not the only one that enjoys a long hot shower in the morning to help me wake up, but keep in mind that showers generally account for two-thirds of water heating costs.  Cutting your shower time down by half will reduce your water-heating costs by up to 33 percent.

Clear your heating vents: Make sure heating vents are opened and not blocked by any furniture so that heat can circulate evenly throughout your home.

We’ve almost made it through this winter!  Only a few more months before the blistering heat kicks in and we’re suddenly craving cold.   In the meantime, got any more tips for lowering heating bills while staying warm?