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Save Money On Your Sweetwater Heating Bill

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Your own imagination is the only limit on the different ways you can use to reduce your home’s Sweetwater heating costs; ways which cost you absolutely nothing to do, are simple to do, and which you can do right now.

Here are 15 more energy saving measures for your to consider using in your own home to reduce your Sweetwater heating bills this winter and save you money.

Reduce the temperature setting on your thermostat, now.

In the summer you keep the temperature setting on your thermostat relatively high during the day to use less air conditioning and save you money from reduced electric utility bills. Of course, it is the opposite in the winter. Remember to turn the temperature setting much lower on your thermostat during the winter to cause your furnace to run less often and save you money on reduced Sweetwater heating utility bills.

Sleep under heavy, thick blankets

Check your home’s linen storage areas. Is there a comforter or flannel bead sheets you forgot about which you could use on your bed? This will make you warmer at night and allow you to reduce your Sweetwater heating bills through lowering your thermostat’s night time temperature.

Close your basement’s vents if you are not using it.

Why have your furnace push out heated air into your basement if you are not using your basement? Sure, if your basement is finished and is used a lot, then this suggestion is not for you. However, if you are like many people who use the basement for storage and maybe laundry, keep its ceiling vents closed so the heated air from the furnace goes to the areas of the home you do use.

Close the glass door on fireplace when finished.

When the damper is open, the fireplace is nothing more than a big hole to the outside through which heat escapes causing your furnace to run more than it should and thus costing you month through higher Sweetwater heating utility bills in the winter

Remember to turn down the heat at night.

Simply get into the habit of turning the temperature down a few minutes before you go to bed. No need to be heating the house at the same temperature you use when people are home during the day. If you have a (highly recommended) programmable thermostat, remember to set the temperature down several degrees for the night time compared to the setting when you are home during the day.

Seasonally change your ceiling fan’s direction.

Reverse the direction of the ceiling fan in the winter to help circulate the air in the home during the winter so the heated air does not rise and stay up around the ceiling.

Fully close and seal the fresh air vent in any room air conditioner in the winter.

If you must leave your window air conditioning unit in the window all winter, at least remember to close the fresh air vent therein to stop the cold air from the outside from entering the house.

Turn down the heat when out for errands.

Even if you have a programmable thermostat, it does not mean that you can forget about managing your home’s inside temperature when no one will be around. Turn the temperature setting to at or a little less than you set it for at night.

Turn down the heat when at work.

Programmable thermostats typically have week day vs weekend settings which allow you to have the home set to a lower temperature when you are out at work. If you have a manual thermostat, just get into the habit to turn it down (to the same setting you use for the night time, or even lower) before you leave for work.

Check for drafts under and along the sides of your exterior doors.

It’s one thing to ensure that the front and back doors are closed to the outside. However, if they are letting cold air in at the bottom or sides of the door, you are still loosing possibly lots of heated air leaving your home and being replaced with winter’s cold air from the outside, causing your furnace to run more than it should. Checking for air leaks here costs you nothing.

Check for air leaks in basement

Even if you don’t use your basement, check it at least once a season for air leaks. While warm air rises, warm air also escapes outside through air leaks in the basement.

Close storm doors and windows in winter.

Both are great ideas to keep the heat inside, especially those who have storm doors and windows which give that additional layer of air as insulation.

Keep outside plants and trees next to windows trimmed.

What is the point of keeping inside drapes and window coverings open during the day to capture the sun’s heat if there is vegetation blocking the window? Keeping plants and trees trimmed away from windows lets all the sun inside to help heat the home in the winter. It just takes a few minutes of your time and costs you nothing.

I hope these suggestions we have collected from hundreds of people across North America will help you reduce your Sweetwater heating costs this winter.

They cost you nothing to do. They are so simple anyone, even you, can do them. And, you can do them right now.

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