You can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat.
Here are few more tips about keeping your bill manageable while heating your home during the cold winter months:
- Set your thermostat at 70 degrees or lower. Your heating costs will rise 4% to 6% for every degree you set your thermostat above 70 in the winter. Keep your thermostat below 70 and rely on slippers or socks and a sweater to keep you warm. If your feet are cold, your whole body will feel cold!
- Change your air filter. A dirty filter makes your heating and cooling system work harder. Keep it clean to keep your energy bill from rising.
- Install a programmable thermostat. During the cold months, program it so the temperature in your home will be 10% to 15% lower while you’re at work, asleep or on vacation.
- Have your heating system inspected to make sure it’s in good condition and running efficiently.
- Keep your air ducts clean and clear of rugs or other furniture so that it flows properly.
- Insulate your attic, outside walls and floors over unheated areas such as a crawl space.
- Add weather-stripping to your doors and windows to prevent heat from leaking out and the cold from coming in.
- Shut doors to unoccupied rooms to trap the heat in the room you’re in and not let it travel into a cooler hallway or area.
- Enjoy hot drinks to keep yourself warm. Okay, this may not be the best advice, but a hot cup of RumChata on a cold evening is the best!