Bills, bills, bills!

As homeowners or renters, we have a lot of bills to pay. What’s worse is when we receive a high energy bill we weren’t expecting. High energy bills can easily make budgeting more difficult.

The winter months are especially notorious for taking us by surprise. But, we’re here to help you plan ahead and to learn how to lower your heat bills this winter.  With February showing us that winter is STILL upon us, delivering record snowfall in the mountains and yes even in the valley and metro area.

In a previous blog post, we detailed 11 tips to help you save money on your heating bills. Now, we’re here to offer you 10 more!

Read on to discover 10 more tips for lowering your heat bills this winter.

10 More Savvy Tips for Lowering Your Heat Bills

Beat the winter cold and lower heat bills to increase the cash flow to your wallet. Use these 10 additional tips this winter to lower your heat bills.

  1. Lower the Temperature

Lower your home’s temperature to lower your bills. If you’re used to keeping your home toasty, then consider bundling up instead. You can also set your thermostat to heat your home only when you’re there and during times you’re active in your home.

  1. Seal the Chimney Flue

Seal the chimney flue permanently or temporarily to reduce your heat bills. Dampers and inflatable sealers will do the trick, but if you use your fireplace or plan to during the winter then it’s not recommended to purchase an inflatable sealer.

  1. Install Door Sweeps

If you’re feeling cool air seeping underneath a doorway leading outdoors and discover that utilizing a door snake is bothersome, use a draft-defeating nylon door sweep. This long, thin broomlike vinyl-and-pile attachment will get mounted across the inside base of your door. Trim the sweep to match using a hacksaw and keep it in position with 4 or 5 wood anchoring screws.

Should you heat the garage, determine if cold air is infiltrating along the base of your door. Rubber garage-door gaskets nailed into position with One inch. galvanized roofing nails can halt that wintry air.

  1. Budget Billing

Many utility companies offer budget billing. When you sign up for budget billing, you will pay the same amount each month based on the previous year’s heat bills.

  1. Seal Heating Ducts

20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the ducts is lost due to poor duct connections, holes and leaks. Heating ducts allow hot air to escape if they aren’t properly sealed. Use metallic tape or liquid or aerosol-based sealant to seal leaks, holes, and duct connections.

  1. Use Space Heaters

Lower the temperature in your home at night. Use a space heater to warm your bedroom.

  1. Windows: Curtains/Window Treatments and Plastic Treatments

Increase solar gain by keeping your south-facing windows uncovered for the duration of any sunny days – the wintertime sunlight produces a real difference. Think about trimming any vegetation that obstructs sunlight on the south wall. Cover all windows in the evening to produce a very simple but efficient insulating layer. The thicker the treatments, the more beneficial the efficiency. Drapes and window treatments also can decrease high-temperature gain in summer months by as much as 45%, reducing air conditioning expenses. If you purchase dual shades (reflective white on one side, heat-absorbing dark on the other half) they could be reversed seasonally to absorb that wintertime sunlight and push away summertime heat.

Double up your window treatments for even greater insulation properties (as well as an eye-catching layered look), or use lined window treatments. For very best benefit, hang window coverings as near as you possibly can towards the glass, sized in order that they rest on the windowsill or floors when closed. For the easy Do-it-yourself project, use velcro or magnetic tape to connect the edges of the window treatments to your walls or window framework at the sides and bottom, as well as the place that the window treatments come together.

Windows are notorious for letting in cold air and letting out warm air. During the winter, cover the windows with plastic treatments to create a barrier between the window and your home’s interior.

  1. Maintenance Checkups

Ideally, maintenance checkups need to be performed on your HVAC system by a professional four times per year. These checkups especially need to be done before winter and summer to ensure your systems are working efficiently.

  1. Sealing Cracks

Seek out cracks in your home in the windows, outlets, and any component that is installed from outside. Use caulk for stationary components and weatherstripping for moveable components such as doors and windows.

  1. Insulation Check 

Use your roof and precipitation to find gaps in your insulation. If one area dries faster than the rest of the roof, then it’s likely that more insulation needs to be installed in that section. Add in more insulation to reduce your heating costs.

Lowering Your Heat Bills

Lowering your heat bills will give you more financial freedom and peace of mind. It will also make you feel more accomplished as a homeowner.

Live in Oregon City, OR and need HVAC maintenance or a repair? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.