DIY Green Energy For Homes

9 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill

Sick of facing your power bill with fear?

Then here are 9 steps you can take that are immediate and will reduce the heating cost for your home and most won't cost you a cent.

Hot water heating and summer cooling are the biggest user of power in most homes and just by turning down the thermostat on your hot water heater by a few degrees can save 20-30% in this area alone.

Around 55 Celsius is enough for most households and the risk of burning you or your child accidentally is reduced as well.

Check that your hot water heater is lagged properly especially if the unit is older.

Thermal blankets to improve efficiency are readily available from hardware stores and easy to fit on your own.

Check your house for leaks around doors and windows. You can insulate your walls to save on ultility bills too.

Sounds basic but making sure your windows close properly and doors are hanging correctly to stop drafts will keep warmth in and cold air out.

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Wear more clothes. Postpone the onset of winter demand for heating by adding a sweater when you are inside.

Resist the urge to turn heating on as soon as you see the first leaf drop in the fall.

When you do face the inevitable needs for heating remember to set the thermostat for a comfortable inside temperature.

Don't set your house up as a tropical greenhouse!

Double glazing for your windows is not the cheapest option but when buying or building a green home consider this as an option that can save plenty of heating costs over time.

The short term choice for winter is to make sure you have good drapes and pull them before dark and the cold night sets in. If you have good sunlight from the south during the day then open the shades to let this in though!

If you have a furnace then keep the filters clean or replace them regularly. Whatever types of heating you use make sure their effects are not blocked by drapes or large furniture pieces. Consider putting energy reflecting panels on walls behind radiators.

If your home is older and has not been properly insulated consider investing in underfloor or ceiling insulation of a more modern type. Attics are great to store things in but will allow a lot of heat to escape in winter.

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Select the most efficient heating option for your home. Look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency [AFUE] ratings above the minimum of 78%. Some systems available are up to 90%! Shop around when replacing or building a new home.

The above tips are just a few of the heating savings that you can make in the home and you can start some of these straight away.

Think about using the seasons to your advantage and even look at using different rooms as winter and summer areas according to the sunlight they receive and their size when winter comes.

Having the whole family share a common room for eating and other activities during winter rather than heating and lighting up the house may not only save money but bring everyone closer together as well.

In the United States heating and cooling systems in homes contribute upwards of 150million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

If we can reduce this we are helping towards the reduction of global warming and saving money for ourselves as well.

I'm not suggesting that our quality of life should be reduced but by making your household more efficient that utility bill may be a welcome reminder of how well you are going towards helping make the planet that bit greener!

Why not heat your own water by building your own solar water heater? There is a great guide for doing this at the website below: