Heat Your Home Efficiently to Save Money

Have your energy bills been a burden this winter? Learning how to heat your home efficiently will lower your monthly costs for years to come. There are several efficient ways to heat a home that will save you money for the rest of the winter.

Your Windows and Doors Make a Difference

It is common for windows and doors to let in a cold draft. Unfortunately, that cold draft forces your heating system to work harder. If you are not able to invest in new windows, seal the gaps and cracks around them with caulk and weatherstripping. Replace the weatherstripping on doors and install a draft stopper underneath. Cheaper and older windows and doors usually let more cold air through.

Cover Your Hardwood Floors

Floors account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they are not insulated properly. If your home consists of mostly hard floors, you could experience major heat loss through your flooring. Cover hard floors with area rugs. Covering your wood and tile floors keeps your home warmer without raising the thermostat.

Use a Programmable Thermostat to Heat Your Home Efficiently

Many homeowners receive a high electricity bill during the winter from running the heater constantly, even when no one is home. By replacing your old thermostat for a modern, programmable one, you can schedule it to let the home’s temperature lower when no one is home or awake. This gives the heating system a break and lowers your energy bill.

Invest in a Wood Stove or Pellet Burner

Investing in a wood stove or a pellet burner is another way to help heat your home efficiently. While both of these appliances require installing ventilation to the outside and purchasing wood or pellets, this investment will save you money on heating your home over time, and eventually pay for itself.

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