Each year, more people struggle with the cost of heating their homes. The truth is that the costs are going to continue to rise and, if you do not want to end up in the cold, it is time to cut down on this expense. The following are some extreme things you can do to save energy costs. Many of them seem quite simple, but you would be surprised by how many people don’t do them.
Your Drying Habits
How easy is it to take your laundry out of the washing machine and throw it in the dryer? This is the habit of most homeowners. A drying rack can save you a ton of money. Simply hang up your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. It may take longer, but it will save you money. If you are not ready to give up your dryer yet, at least make sure that the dryer-vent hose is as short as it can be. It will work more efficiently with a shorter hose.
Reduce Heated Space
The square footage of your home will have a lot to do with the size of your heating bill. Reduce some of the heated space in your home to save money. This means keeping closet doors shut, turning off the heat to bedrooms or rooms that you do not use, and even keeping cupboard doors shut. All of this could lead up to big savings each month.
Perform Maintenance on Your HVAC
Your heating and cooling system needs to be maintained on a regular basis in order for it to function properly. Filters need to be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals. A system that is not working at its best is going to use more energy. This energy is going to cost you. You may not want to invest in maintenance when your system is still putting out heat, but it is an investment with a great return. These three things may seem like minor changes, but they really add up and will save you money. Sometimes, it is a simple matter of changing habits to see the savings. Turn the thermostat down just a couple of degrees and put a sweater on or put an extra blanket on the beds. All of this is going mean that you spend less on energy and can put your money toward something that you and your family really want.