4 Ways to Lower Your North Carolina Heating Bill
- November 20, 2015
As North Carolina’s temperatures drop, homeowners’ heating bills rise. If you’re seeing some shocking numbers on your utility bills this season, take action to minimize your heating expenses. A few simple adjustments throughout the house can increase your energy efficiency and make heating more affordable.
Set Your Thermostat Properly
A programmable thermostat is an excellent tool for keeping your home at top efficiency. However, your thermostat can’t do all the work on its own. It’s crucial that you provide the proper settings for each part of the day. Turn the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re sleeping or out of the house. Setting the thermostat back for periods of at least eight hours in a row will yield the greatest energy savings.
Warm Up Your Beds
If you’re struggling to set the heat back at night, try adjusting your sleeping arrangements. Switch to cozy flannel sheets and add an extra blanket to the bed. Wear warmer pajamas during the winter months as well, and you can stay comfortable even at a lower thermostat setting.
Insulate the Windows
Hang heavy curtains around your windows to keep cold air from seeping in during cold weather months. Open the curtains during the day to let sunlight in, but close them at night to seal warm air inside where it belongs. Seal any cracks around the window frame with caulk, and add weatherstripping to the bottom of the window for added protection.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Locate all the vents in your home, and make sure they’re unobstructed. If your heating vents are located behind or underneath furniture, the heat can’t flow freely through the house. Secure your curtains closer to the wall if air is blowing up into their folds. The key is to allow air to circulate as freely as possible in your home.
For more tips on properly heating your home this fall and winter, contact Comfort Services at 866-357-4613. We offer home comfort solutions for every season.
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