This may seem like common sense, but make sure you are wearing warm clothes. Bumping the heat up to 80 degrees and walking around in shorts and a T-shirt might seem comfortable, but it will cost you a fortune on your next heating bill. When you are relaxing at home, keep a pair of socks on; wear long pants, and multiple layers if need be.
Check for drafts and block the leaks.
A good way to do this is to light a candle and wave it slowly in front of window and door edges. If there is a crack, it will make the flame waver. Door sweeps and weather strips can be purchased at your local hardware store to help block cold air. Putting up quilted curtains to cover your windows will also assist in covering drafts, making your room feel warmer at a lower temperature. If you don’t have door sweeps, weather strips, or quilted curtains, plug up the cracks with cloth or old T-shirts to help keep your home warm and reduce heat loss.
Be smart with your heat and create heat circulation.
There are some simple steps you can follow to cut your heating costs while still being comfortable. Turn your heat down if you are going out of the house for long periods of time. Turning your average home temperature down even one degree can save 3% on your bill. Reverse your ceiling fan so the blades are turning clockwise. This will create circulation and pull the cool air to the ceiling and push warm air to your living area. Also, make sure your air filter is clean. This will allow for smooth airflow and prevent HVAC failure.
Make sure your attic has sufficient insulation.
The majority of heat in your house will be lost through your roof. A good rule of thumb in determining how much insulation you need is to take a look at your attic ceiling, if you can see the ceiling joists, you don’t have enough insulation. Insulation can also be purchased at your local hardware store.
Although this may not directly affect the overall heat of your home, wrapping your water pipes will prevent them from freezing and breaking. Frozen or busted water pipes can be easily prevented, but can cost you a fortune to repair. Pre-fitted rubber pipe wraps can be purchased at your local hardware store. If you don’t have the means of obtaining the pre-fitted pipe wraps, wrapping and duct-taping old towels to your pipes may not be the most aesthetic fix, but is a legitimate alternative.