Last year, the average household spent around $660 heating their homes with natural gas, the most inexpensive and most common fuel type. Other forms of heating fuel such as oil, propane, or electricity cost upwards of $1,500-$2,000+ per year. There are many ways you can save money on your heating bill starting with using a programmable thermostat.
Most households probably already have programmable thermostats but if not, they are a must have to ensure you are not wasting energy when you don’t need it. For every degree that your thermostat is turned down over an eight hour period, you could save 1% on your heating bill per year.
If you want to save even more you can use space heaters since you probably spend most of your time in one or two rooms of your home. Turning the temperature of the home to 62 degrees and using a space heater can save you up to $200 a year.
Feel a draft? Do a quick DIY test with an incense stick to find the air leak. To do this, turn on all exhaust fans in your home to help suck the air out of the rooms. Light an incense stick and hold it up to any areas you think there may be leaks and watch if the smoke is being blown about. If you notice any movement in the smoke you may have a leak and should replace the weather stripping or caulk the area. While you’re testing for drafts you should also check that you have enough insulation. Attic insulation should be at least 8-11 inches depending on the type of insulation.
Other things you could consider doing to cut back on heating costs in the long term would be to upgrade your heating system if it is getting too old. It is also important to remember to have your system serviced regularly to keep it running efficiently.