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Free Ways to Cool Down Your Heating Costs

Last updated on January 28, 2020 at 02:59 pm

Many of the traditional tips to reduce your home’s heating costs require spending money in order to save money. Don’t get us wrong – investing in things like a programmable thermostat, proper insulation, and upgraded windows is important. These items will likely pay for themselves over time. But, if the budget is currently tight or you’re interested in immediate solutions to reduce your heating costs, check out these thrifty tips from the team here at Plymouth Rock Assurance:

  • Dress Warmly: It seems obvious, but you could maintain a comfortable body temperature while knocking down the thermostat a degree or two by wearing a sweatshirt and socks. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, every degree you set back your thermostat amounts to about 3% in savings on your heating bill. Every bit counts! 
  • Let the Sun Do the Work: Open your blinds during the day to let the sun’s rays naturally warm your home. Just remember to close the blinds at night to prevent heat from escaping. 
  • Talk to Your Utility Company: You may have payment options available to you. Ask your provider about a budget plan to stabilize your monthly bills with estimated annual costs spread evenly throughout the year. You may also be interested in deferred payment agreements or payment assistance for income-eligible households. It never hurts to ask.  
  • Turn Down the Water Heater: Turn the knob to around 120 degrees. You probably won’t be able to notice any significant change while taking showers and you may notice savings on your heating bill. 
  • Reverse Fans: Heat rises. Take advantage of the heat sitting uselessly near your ceiling by reversing your fans to spin clockwise for upward air flow. Running your fan on low speed in this direction will force accumulated heat out and down along your walls. 
  • Make Up Your Mind: Partially blocking heating vents is never a good idea. In rooms you want heated, be sure there are no rugs or furniture blocking the air flow. In rooms that don’t need to be heated, close the heating vents. Efficient circulation will limit the amount of time your heat needs to run. 

Give these tips a shot and let us know how your bill looks at the end of the month by reporting in the comments below. If you have any additional tricks, we’d love to hear those as well!

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