The fall season is officially upon us and winter is not far off. With that in mind, now is a good time to start thinking of how to keep home heating costs low this year. You can put every dollar that isn’t “burned” keeping warm toward getting out of debt.
Tips to Keep Home Heating Costs Low
There are a few different approaches you can employ to minimize heating needs and cost. Efficiency is important, but you should also try to conserve however you can. Combine these tips to maximize savings and keep managing debt all winter long!
First, do whatever you can to keep warm air from escaping and cold air from getting in.
- Seal Openings – Replace old weather stripping and adjust thresholds around doors so they seal shut completely. Caulk exterior windows and fill cracks or openings around pipes or cables with foam insulation.
- Weatherize Windows From the Inside – Locking windows shut is a good start, but using plastic film to cover the opening completely will ensure the hot air doesn’t get out. This film is cheap and easy to remove in the spring.
- Seal Air Ducts – AC and heating systems can form leaks over time. Use duct tape for it’s intended purpose by sealing cracks or gaps found in the seams or corners of duct work in your attic and basement.
Next, do what you can to limit turning on the heat so you’ll have more money left for paying off debt.
- Bundle Up – The easiest way to save on heating costs is to insulate yourself. Put on an extra sweater, some slippers, and your cozy pants. Leave the heat off and snuggle up to your family members with blankets instead.
- Close Doors and Vents – Limit the space you heat to just the necessary rooms. Close doors and vents in unused rooms that don’t need to be kept warm.
- Space Heaters – Using a space heater when you’re going to be in one spot for a while is more efficient than heating the whole house. Be careful not to leave them plugged in unattended when you leave the house.
A combination of weatherizing your home and conserving heat when possible will save hundreds on your energy or gas bills over the winter. Plus, getting cozy with your loved ones is a lot more fun than attending financial counseling because you went over budget on home heating costs!