Winter is here and the temperature continues to fall. As January is almost upon us, winter is really going to start kicking in. There are plenty of ways to heat your home without breaking the budget. Here are some myths and tips about heating your home in the winter.
· Turning off the heat during the day conserves energy – MYTH
o Completely turning off the heat, letting the temperature drop, and reheating you're home could be more expensive that lowering the temperature of your home. Investing in a programmable thermostat and scheduling it to drop to lower than 68 degrees when you are sleeping or away can save you almost $110 or more per year.
· Using a wood-burning fireplace will reduce your heating bills – MYTH
o Fireplaces are usually designed as entertainment-oriented appliances. They are not meant to heat large areas. Most of your head will come from a central furnace. Using the heater is going to be a better choice to heat your home for less money.
· Portable Space Heaters are energy hogs – MYTH
o Space heaters can be an energy- efficient option for a home with poor insulation. However, it should only be used to heat a small area.
· Having cold feet in your house is normal – MYTH
o Cold feet may be a sign that your home isn't properly weatherized. If you feel drafts along the floor, try to find where it is coming from and weather-strip or caulk to seal the cracks. Adding rugs to the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom will also help in keeping your feet warm in the winter months.
· Weatherizing your home is expensive – MYTH
o Redecorating your home during the winter can be an inexpensive way to insulate your home. Buying heavy drapes can help conserve warmth in your home, however, make sure the drapes don’t block floor registers, radiators or baseboard heating units. This could become a fire hazard. Also, opening up drapes and blinds on sunny days can create solar heat.
· Electric Blankets waste energy – MYTH
o Electric blankets use very little energy. If you or your family members cant agree on a room temperature, instead of turning the thermostat up to suit everyone. Use an electric blanket to help solve the dilemma. This will help keep your heating bill down throughout the winter.
· Your water heater always works efficiently – MYTH
o Heating your water usually accounts for about 18% of your household utility bills. Lowering the electric water heater thermostat to 120 instead of 140 degrees will help to save money on your overall utility bills. Also, wrapping your tank with a fiberglass blanket will help retain heat longer. The blanket will slow down how quickly the heater loses heat.