The most effective way to reduce your heating bill at home is to heat less. Sounds simple but we all like to be warm in the wintertime. How can we heat less and keep warm?
One way to heat less is to avoid heating rooms that are not being used. If you have a spare bed room that is only used for storage you can shut off the heat going to that room and close the door.
You may be able to reduce the heat in some rooms that are used only for short periods of time. Try closing the louvers on the warm air outlet to reduce the amount of heat that you let into the room.
Another way to heat less is to turn the thermostat down when no one is home. If your house is empty during the work or school day, turn the thermostat down 10 or more degrees so you heat less. If you go visit the grand kids on the weekend turn the thermostat down so you heat less.
If you have one of the modern digital thermostats, you can program it to preheat the house. With a little planning ahead your house can be warmed up and ready to welcome you home. A good programmable thermostat can be bought for under $100 at your favorite home supply mega store. Last fall I bought a cheap model on sale for $20 that works just fine.
In our house, the thermostat is set at 68 during the day and 62 at night. That is cooler than some folks like, but we like it that way. Using a programmable thermostat makes setting the temperature down at night easy and you do not have to worry about forgetting. We program ours to automatically warm up the house before we get up in the morning.
Remember heat less by keeping the thermostat low. Turn it down when no one is home. Turn it way down when your mother in law visits. To get the feel of being there turn it down during TV football games. Just turn it down and buy a new sweater with the money you save.
It is cheaper to use an extra quilt or an electric blanket and turn the thermostat down even more at bedtime. Or get two dogs. I sleep better when it is cool in the house.
At work, the thermostats should be set for no more than 68 degrees on the shop floor. Offices and team rooms should be set for no more than 71. It is OK to set them lower and save more. The temperature should be lower in storage areas where people just go in and right back out.
Remember heat less and save more.
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