Preventing Skyrocketing Utility Costs in Winter

In our last post, we covered some common mistakes that homeowners make with winter maintenance. Staying warm is the first priority in the dead of winter, but running your heat constantly is going to cause the dreaded skyrocketing utility bill.

Rather than throw your money away, we’ve compiled some easy ways for you to stay comfortable this winter season without relying on your heat 24/7—after which you will be more invested in protecting your home with a Home Insurance policy.

Bundle up.

This might seem obvious, but staying warm in your home starts with what you’re wearing. Bundling up and keeping your warm clothing on when you get inside can save as much as 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, according to the California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center.

Unless you have a heat pump, consider cranking the thermostat setting down to 55 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home for an extended period, as well, says

Invest in a programmable thermostat.

They’re more expensive than traditional thermostats, but programmable thermostats will save you a lot of money in the long run. These devices can optimize your heating and cooling when you’re home by turning on or off once your home reaches certain temperatures.

Upgrade your appliances.

Energy Star products operate on less energy than traditional kitchen and home appliances. If you’re able to, upgrade your refrigerator, washer, dryer, and/or dishwasher to more modern versions with the Energy Star stamp of approval.

Get rid of drafts in your home.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are many ways to keep out the cold, including insulating windows with clear plastic sheeting and installing insulated window coverings. If and when you detect drafts around chimneys, in unfinished spaces behind cabinets and closets, and in other areas, be sure to seal them.

Additionally, remove your fireplace’s damper when it’s not in use, and apply weather-stripping or caulk around drafty doors and windows to stop cold air in its tracks.

Get your furnace inspected.

It might be worth spending $100 to have an HVAC professional come into your home and examine your furnace for leaks, blockages, electrical and mechanical failures and more. Especially if you plan on using your heat daily, it’s a good investment to ensure it will work properly when you need it the most.

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