Tips for Saving on Heating Bill
The heat in your home may be escaping through cracks and other minor openings around your doors and windows (source: U.S. Department of Energy). But, there are several things you can do to prevent energy loss and save money.
The following tips can help to reduce your energy bill…
- Check the insulation in your attic, including the area around the hatchway. Poor attic insulation can cost you from 20% to 30% on your heating bill.
- Clean and replace filters in your forced-air heating system once per month during winter.
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can remove much of the warm air from the house. Turn them off as soon as they have done their job.
- The American Gas Association and many manufacturers recommend an annual inspection. Yankee Gas offers an annual inspection of central heating systems (inspections are performed April 1 − September 30 only). Call us at 1-800-989-0900 for more information.
- Look for air leaks through openings in walls, floors and ceilings where plumbing or electrical wiring is run. Also, check for drafts from electrical outlets.
- As an alternative to storm windows, clear plastic film can be taped tightly inside the window frames to stop air leaks. This film can be purchased for about $15 and save as much as 15% per year on heating costs.
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For more information, visit the Energy Savers website of the Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency.