With the hot summer weather starting to give way to the cooler autumn conditions, many people are turning off their fans and starting to think about the heat. Whether someone has a gas heater or an electric system, they are probably concerned about how their utility bills are going to be affected by this switch. As the temperatures continue to drop, the heater is going to run more. As a result, their utility bills are going to start to rise. Some people might not be able to handle this as part of their budget. Fortunately, there are a few ways that people can save money on their utility bills this fall.
Lower the Thermostat Settings
While this might seem straightforward, this is often overlooked. People don’t want to feel cold; however, even lowering the thermostat by one degree can result in significant savings on someone’s utility bills. Better yet, people might not even notice the difference! Keep the thermostat the same when people are home and lower the temperature when people leave the house. If someone is at work during the day (or asleep at night), the thermostat doesn’t need to be as high. Drop the thermostat during these times and watch the savings roll in.
Close the Chimney Flue
When the fireplace isn’t in use, take the time to close the chimney flue. The idea is to trap heat inside the home so that the heater doesn’t run as often. By closing the chimney flue, there is one fewer route of escape for that valuable heat. People will notice that their house is a little bit warmer and that their heater isn’t running as often. Just remember to open the chimney flue when the fireplace is in use again! Think about other routes of escape and seal this off to save some heat.
Clear the Vents and Radiators
People often don’t notice that their vents and radiators are blocked. These passages and tools play an important role in the efficiency of the heater. When the vents and radiators are clear, the house heats more efficiently, resulting in more bang for the buck. Make sure that the dust from these tools is cleaned off regularly. This will allow the heat to enter the home in a more efficient, fluid manner. HVAC maintenance is an important part of someone’s overall utility costs. Ensure the vents and radiators are functioning well.
Take the Time to Plan Accordingly
These are only a few of the many ways that people can change their habits to save money on their utility bills this fall. Instead of throwing cash into the heater, this money would be better put to use elsewhere. It might also be used to give people a little bit more breathing room as the holiday season, and bigger expenses, start to roll around. With this in mind, take the time to plan accordingly. Put a few of these measures into action and save money on utility bills this fall.