December 3rd, 2016 8:34 AM by Jackie A. Graves
The heating bills can increase
as winter approaches. It’s possible that the heating bills get out of a hand
and disturb your entire budget. But, the heating bills don’t have to be too
high. You need to take a trip to your house and check if any problems are
causing high heating bills. There are simple practices that can help you
save money while keeping the house warm and cozy.
are some easy
tips that will keep your house warm while maintaining the heating bills in
check as well.
weather-stripping around the doors is torn then, cold air can quickly enter the
house. About 7 to 12 percent of heat loss of the home happens because of
the space around the doors and windows. The leaks often force the homeowners to
turn up the heat so that the house is comfortable. They cause warm air to
escape and the furnace has to work extra hard to maintain a warm temperature.
The weather-stripping needs to be replaced after a few years so that they can
efficiently stop the cold air from entering the house.
electrical boxes which are present in exterior walls, are drafty because their
insulation is not always correctly installed in the boxes. You can stop the
leaks by removing the cover plates and filling small gaps with acrylic latex
caulk. If the holes are large, then you can use a foam sealant. It will help in
saving a lot of money and keep your home comfortable. It is just a small
investment which is going to be very profitable in the long run.
areas where the pipes, electrical cables, and gas lines enter the house have
gaps around it. These holes are often filled haphazardly with some caulk. But
if the caulk is not high quality, it will crack and will eventually fall off.
The gaps provide a passageway to the cold air, and it enters the house. You can
prevent the outside air to enter the room by filling the gaps with expanding
foam. By doing so, you will see a considerable decrease in the heating bills.
lower the temperature of the furnace and put a portable
heater in a place where family sits together. The temperature of
rest of the house will be higher, but the living room will be warm and cozy. It
will help in lowering the heating cost by about three percent. You will have to
buy the heater but it is not very expensive, so the initial cost is balanced by
the saving you will achieve in the heating bills. You can also look to compare
the rates of services on platforms such as georgia natural gas prices.
play a significant role in the overall heat loss of the house. You can prevent
it by covering the windows with plastic film. It is a very effective way of
decreasing the heat loss. The plastic film is also pretty cheap, so if it gets
damaged, you can easily replace it. It won’t have any adverse effect on the
trim of the windows, and you can quickly take it off as winter wears off.
have insulated the attic completely but if the access door is not covered, it
will let the warm air escape. It is important to make sure that the door is
also covered so that there is no escape route for the hot air to get out of the
house. You can use an adhesive and attach insulation known as the fiberglass
batt to seal the door properly.
save a lot on heating bills by using a programmable thermostat. It can
automatically turn down the temperature when you are not at home or sleep, etc.
They are not too expensive, and they are responsible for cutting the bills by
ten percent or more. Buying a smart thermostat is an excellent way of saving on
the heating bills.
are some of the highly efficient and affordable ways to ensure that the heating
bills do not get out of a hand.
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