It is wintertime and the heater (furnace) is running on maximum to keep the home warm and cozy. But, at some point in time, the energy bill is sky-rocking high putting you in a state of shock. As a matter of fact, to save on heating costs is not difficult at all.
Take into account some of our useful tips to save costs and at the same time do something to protect the environment. Now, you can heat your home efficiently, save cost, and stay warm all at once. Isn’t that a great way for cold winter days.
Please note that not all our tips make sense for anyone as you might live in a different region of the world or you live in different types of buildings where certain tips cannot be implemented. Therefore, please pick the ones out that are right for you and skip the other tips.
The heating cost can account as much as 70 percent of the total Energy Bill
“HIGHEST” HEATING COST SAVING POTENTIAL
In this section, we summarize for you the tips that have a very high heating cost-saving potential
1. THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE SETTING
You can heat the rooms less and wear some warmer clothing instead. Of course, this tip relies heavily on the outside temperature, but give it a try.
Studies show that even one degree less saves up to 6 percent on the heating cost
Another advantage to reduce the heating degree is that the body adapts much quicker to the lower temperature and therefore people feel less cold. Try to make an effort to set the temperate around 20 – 21 degrees which are the most energy-efficient temperature to save on heating costs.
2. LET FRESH AIR INSIDE BY INTERVAL AIRING
To proper ventilate and let fresh air into the rooms is important. It is by far very common to see a radiator heater running on full power below a half-open window. If you feel the need to have fresh air, firstly, close all the heat vents and secondly open the window throughout the day for 1 or 2 minutes only. This archives a refreshing atmosphere in the normal so warm and dry rooms, but also prevents mold.
There is a saying” Do not heat for the outside!”
3. KEEP RADIATOR AREA CLEAR & FREE
As every home has a different layout plan, it is sometimes difficult to place the furniture correctly. Many times, a sofa or curtain is put in front of the radiator which is quite unfavorable. As a radiant not only warms up the rooms, it also emits radiant heat. Therefore, the blockage of the energy makes it even harder for the room to heat up.
On the other hand, the items blocking the radiator will be super hot and might even damage sensitive materials such as leather or other materials. Remember, to keep the area around the radiator clear, so that the warm air can spread evenly inside the room.
4. DO NOT USE PORTABLE ELECTRIC HEATERS
Many people get these little small inexpensive electric-heaters to support themselves staying warm. This is pure madness as they are so energy-hungry and cost-saving is done differently. In addition, these small heaters do an extremely poor job in heating the air. In case you are freezing, either rearrange some furniture to stay near the main radiator or put on some warmer clothes.
5. USE PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS
If you have the choice, use programmable thermostats to adjust the temperatures during the day and at night. These automatic controls allow you to have a night setting of example 14 degrees and raise the temperature half an hour before wake up time in the morning. This saves a lot of money as there is no need to have a fully heated home when everybody is sleeping.
6. INSULATE THE HEATING PIPES
A lot times, the pipes that are used for the hot water to circulate and reach the radiator are openly exposed without any proper insulation. The result, a lot of heat is being lost during the circulation process and will cost you a lot more money in heating costs.
Proper pipe insulation with special heat-resistance material is highly recommended. Of course, it will cost some effort and money, but the benefit will far outreach the invested cost. Also, do not forget to insulate the pipes leading to the shut-off valves inside the room.
7. INSULATE RADIATOR AGAINST EXTERIOR WALL
For some reason, the radiator locations are always against the outer walls of the building. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have them installed on the interior walls avoiding heat loss? Anyhow, there are special insulation plates which can be mounted behind the radiator to shield it off against the exterior wall. Once done, there will be no more heat loss resulting from the exterior wall of the rooms. As this tip is quite complicated, a professional should be consulted to do it correctly.
8. ENERGY EFFICIENCY CHECK BY AN ENERGY CONSULTANT
An energy consult will come to your home and pinpoint the potential savings opportunities you have. In some countries, even the local government does free energy checks of the home. Please consult your local environmental ministry if this is available for your area. Also, another great way to keep an eye on the radiator heat output are so called heat cost allocator which can greatly help to see its efficiency.
“MEDIUM” HEATING COST SAVING POTENTIAL
In this section, we summarize for you the tips that have a medium heating cost-saving potential. At any rate, please do not underestimate these tips as they still will still save you money on heating costs.
9. INSTALL A THERMOMETER TO CHECK THE ACTUAL ROOM TEMPERATURE
A lot of times our body feels the temperature very differently as it is actually. In many cases, there are always arguments between family members about the actual room temperature. Install a good room thermometer to convince everybody instead of doing good luck speculation of what it might be.
10. HEAT EACH ROOM IN A DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE
Without a doubt, the bedroom does not need to have the same room temperature as for example the living room. Adjust down on the heat in not often-used rooms. As a rule of thumb around 15 -17 degrees are acceptable for a bedroom or kitchen. Any unused guest bedroom or storage room, the minimum heat of 5 – 10 degrees is ok as a mold prevention measurement.
11. WEAR THICKER CLOTHING WHEN AT HOME
Wear a sweater instead of just a T-Shirt, and also wear long pants instead of shorts. It sounds a little bit off, but these kinds of clothes keep your body warmer and therefore, the heating level can be reduced. In case your weak point is cold feet, wear warm wool socks and house shoes.
12. INSULATE & INSTALL DOUBLE GLASS WINDOWS
Windows are by far the number one killer towards letting hot air out of the rooms. Especially old and single glass windows are prone to let cold air inside the home. Nowadays, double or even triple glass windows are standard to keep stable room temperatures.
Of course, it is quite cost-intensive to start replacing all your old windows which can add up by the thousands. Two things are easy and cost-efficiently replaced: Window Plastic & Seals.
13. HEAT WITH YOUR OWN BODY
It is not good to start your new diet during winter times. The thinner you get, the colder you are. As a result, the heat is bumped up to a maximum level to keep you by bay. A good time to start is always in the springtime, but never in winter.
14. SEAL ALL THE DOORS PROPERLY
As I have said earlier, window sealing is crucial but equally important are doors as well. Also, the door does have rubber seals inside the frame to keep the air on the outside. Over time, environmental dirt can collect causing the seals to be less efficient. Therefore, try to keep them as clean as possible and replaced broken ones right away.
15. INSTALL AN AUTOMATIC DOOR CLOSER
Many times when in rush, we close the door behind us not aware that it is not properly closed all the way. This small gap is like a magnet to attract all the cold air inside the home. To avoid this from happening, install an automatic door closer.
16. ALWAYS KEEP INFORMED OF NEW TRENDS
Technology advances very fast and it helps to be informed about the new trends regularly. Search on the internet “save on heating costs” or get a magazine about building a home. These are useful sources to stay up to date.
17. DO PASSIVE HEATING THE SMART WAY
Many people might have not heard about the phrase “passive heating” and are asking what this is all about. Even if you have the newest standard of windows, there is still heat loss regularly.
Passive heating means, you simply close your blinds or shutters in unused rooms or if at work. The shutters/blinds will greatly help to shield any warm air from escaping through the windows.
Overall, the heating cost makes up a huge portion of the monthly utility bill during winter times. Make an effort to implement some of our useful tips to save on heating costs.
The money you save on your energy bills is helpful to put towards your next vacation or investment for retirement.