4 Ways to Save on Your HVAC Bills This Winter

By: Julie Gerstein Saving money on heating bills is a common goal for many households during the winter months and should be a key priority for those trying to budget their money before the…

4 Ways to Save on Your HVAC Bills This Winter

By: Julie Gerstein

Saving money on heating bills is a common goal for many households during the winter months and should be a key priority for those trying to budget their money before the next paycheck arrives. Unfortunately, many Americans are finding that their heating bills often go beyond what can realistically be trimmed from their budgets.

Make It a Cold Winter

Not sure how to save on your heating bills? Check out these 4 unexpected ways to save:

A Damp Room!

Did you know that old windows or windows that have never been properly cleaned and sealed can cost as much as $3 per gallon to heat? Have a peek inside each of your windows.

Clean filters can significantly reduce your heating costs.

Temperatures can often be too cold in your home and need to be lowered.

Maintain Your Resealable Products

While an auto-flush can save about $3 a gallon on your heating bill, know that you can find products that run as low as zero.

Unprotected or improperly sealed doors and windows can allow those sealed areas to leak, increasing the amount of money you’ll pay in heating costs.

Maintaining a good seal on door and window seals can improve energy efficiency by 5%.

Install a Low-E Switch

Low-E (zero-low) switch units improve the efficiency of appliances and can save as much as 25% of the energy used by each appliance.

Another type of low-E switch unit, called a recessed switch, has a different profile and while not as efficient, can save up to 3% off of an energy bill.

If you are not sure if you need a low-E switch or recessed switch unit, consider it a tool to help you save on your heating bill.

Make a Money Saving Sweater

The following three free insulation materials can help:

Logsicle Block — Most homeowners feel like there are lots of log sticks floating around in their home. Putting a log inside an insulation block can help insulate the home from cold air and thus help reduce heating costs.

If you don’t have a log inside an insulation block, cut two pieces of plywood and hang it on the inside of the block.

IKEA Quality Sheet Wall — If you need wall insulation, but don’t have an IKEA sheet wall available, try this trick. Next, cut two pieces of paper into the shape of a paper towel roll. Beginning at the top of the roll, roll the paper to the end of the sheet.

You can do this until your sheet wall is dry.

Next, turn your sheet wall inside, and give it a good bracing put on. Now you have a paper towel wall.

Find the place where you have a good insulation strip and cut it to match your sheets.

Heavy Ice Shield — If you have a choker in your garage that needs to be kept out of the garage, look into this item.

At the base of the choker, drill in a small section of heavy-duty double-walled insulation.

Use a zip tie to fasten the insulation to the steel rod.

A quality tool like the Wipe off Barscan or Plaster Cap can help you easily remove your insulation.

Visit an Energy Star School

If your local school has a HVAC system, it could be your winter savings window to get the system upgraded.

A lot of school districts have used programs such as the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) Green Schools to help highlight the benefits of having a more energy efficient HVAC system.

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