For those of us living in the Twin Cities, it seems like warm weather is a very long way away. With temperatures steadily in the teens and twenties, and the first day of spring not for another couple of months the thought of keeping our homes warm and cozy can seem like a nightmare. But you don’t have to cringe the next time your energy bill comes in the mail as long as you follow the 3 secrets to keeping heating bills under control, below:
Stop heating the rooms you don’t use. If there’s nobody in there, it doesn’t make sense to heat it up, right? Well, with a zoned heating system you can “turn off” the heat to certain areas of the home and only pump warm air through the areas that are being occupied. If adding home zoning isn’t in the cards this year, you can close and seal off the vents to the rooms you use infrequently.
If you’ve manually raised the temperature on your water heater, turn it back down to the “standard” 120°F setting. Trust us when we tell you this is plenty warm enough and you’ll be delighted to see close to 10% in energy savings.
Plan on heading out for the day? Turn down the temperature on the thermostat. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that it takes more energy and costs more money to reheat a home. Just keep it set above 60°F to prevent your pipes from freezing.
Interested in learning more about how you can save on heating costs this winter? Feel free to give the heating experts at Uptown a call today! We’ve been serving Twin Cities and the surrounding area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us.