How to Reduce Expenses and Stay Warm


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How to Reduce Expenses and Stay Warm

  1. 1. HOW TO REDUCE EXPENSES AND STAY WARM Easily overlooked, anyone can do these things!
  2. 2. Basic Ideas <ul><li>It's undoubtedly time to turn on the central heater in several parts of the continent. Many of us encounter extremely cold conditions for the winter months, and spend a lot of cash heating their homes. Many people are shelling out up to 50% of their monthly budget on home heating. </li></ul><ul><li>It definitely is not getting cheaper to heat a house as time passes. Some individuals are even having to pay twice what it cost to heat their homes just several years ago. Can anything be done to relieve the pain? </li></ul>
  3. 3. We Told you This would Be Easy! <ul><li>A good beginning point is to identify areas of your home where hot air is leaking outdoors. Search around your doors, windows, fireplaces and any drafty spots. If you locate an air leak, there are many inexpensive means to fix it. You can caulk, weather strip and use plastic to seal off drafts. The seal around your doorways can be improved upon by adding door sweeps. Investing in these modest fixes or upgrades can lead to lower monthly heating bills. The more you prevent heated air from leaking out, the more you will save. </li></ul>
  4. 4. I bet you didn’t know... <ul><li>Not commonly realized is that a reduction in the use of kitchen fans and other venting devices is a good idea during the wintertime. I have heard it said that one restroom ceiling fan can pull all of the heated air out of an average sized home in about an hour. This might increase your heating costs by a shocking amount of money. </li></ul><ul><li>It's also possible to stop your heat from entering rooms which are infrequently utilized. By shutting the vents and doors to that room, you will certainly save cash. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Maintenance is Key <ul><li>A furnace or heating system should be inspected each year. It will help to keep it running properly while avoiding equipment failures. Heating units that are mistreated tend to use more fuel and therefore cost you more money to run. Maintenance is in fact inexpensive compared to the high cost of repairs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Don’t Touch that Dial! <ul><li>Sometimes, folks will turn the temperature up when they get a chill, thinking this will warm the room up more quickly. In fact, it is a bad idea. It will not have you feeling warmer any quicker, but will keep the heater engaged longer and cost you more money Essentially you are just extending the amount of time that the heater is operating in. Don't turn your heat completely off while sleeping or not at home. Turning it too low will cost you more to re-heat the air in your home. The thermostat should be set to cooler temperatures between 61 and 66 degrees while you go to your job and sleep. Most thermostats are programmable and let you do this in an automated fashion. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hot hot hot! <ul><li>Now let's discuss your hot water tank. It ought to be set at 120 degrees - maximum. This is certainly one of the safest temperatures anyway. If the water tank is located in a part of the house that is not heated, you should cover it with a proper insulation blanket to lessen the loss of heat. And when you do laundry, use cold water whenever feasible. They even make soap powder that works best in cold water . </li></ul><ul><li>There are many ways to reduce your heating costs. From grabbing a sweater to opening sun-facing curtains during the day, you will find many savings. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Resources <ul><li>Infrared Heaters can also be used to reduce your heating bill, if utilized properly. </li></ul><ul><li>The Comfort Furnace brand stands out as an excellent vendor of quality infrared heaters. </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Energy can also provide more information. </li></ul>
  9. 9. About the Author <ul><li>Written by Dave Henderson </li></ul>