Fall means cooler weather, the start of the holidays, and higher heating bills as the season goes on. If you’d rather not pay an arm and a leg to keep your home warm and comfortable this season, these simple tips are a great place to start:
- Use the power of the sun—No, this doesn’t mean you need to install expensive solar panels to keep your home heated. Rather, it simply means that this fall, using the power of the sun should be your main way of controlling the temperature in your home. Open up the curtains when the sun is shining to let in the light, and when the sun goes down, close things up.
- Adjust the temperature—You can save a significant amount on your heating bill every year by turning down the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees at night. While it might get a little bit chilly in your home, bundle up in your favorite sweater and add extra blankets to your bed to stay warm.
- Only heat used rooms—If there are rooms in your home that are rarely used, like a spare guest room, seal off the vents in these rooms so warm air is routed to the spaces you use most. You might also want to try using a space heater in the rooms you’re in most often and turning the temperature to a lower setting.
- Maintain your furnace—A well-maintained furnace ensures your heating system works as efficiently and effectively as possible, which means you save money on your monthly utility bills.