Six Ways to Save on Heating This Winter

As we entered the winter heating season, our focus shifted from gasoline to heating oil. Though the oil prices have dropped nearly 30% since July, don’t expect any significant decline going forward as the demand is still strong, especially if your house depends on heating oil. Being energy efficient is still the way to go in order to save on heating this winter. Today, CNNMoney has a piece on how to cut heating bill:

  • Clean your furnace filter: This will make your furnace more efficient as it doesn’t have to push hot air through a clogged filter. Also getting the furnace tuned up at least once a year can further boost efficiency.
  • Get a programmable thermostat: Let the thermostat control the temperature for you: reduce the heat when no one is home and turn it up before you get back.
  • Take advantage of the sun: Open up the curtains on south-facing windows during the day, close all the curtains at night, and let the sun help naturally heat your home.
  • Turn down the hot water: Set the water temperature to 120 degrees instead of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s safer and more energy efficient.
  • Insulate and seal: Adding an extra layer of insulation to your roof or walls and sealing cracks around windows can save you on energy and get you a tax break as well.
  • Upgrade your windows: Install windows with the government-endorsed Energy Star label, both for efficiency and to take advantage of the tax credit.

More tips on cutting heating costs can be found here.

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One Response to “Six Ways to Save on Heating This Winter”

  1. Online shopping junkie |  Oct 04, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    These are excellent tips that really do help with saving on heating costs. I program my thermostat to reduce the heat at night before bed and have it come on in the morning.