Midwest Deep Freeze: How to Save Money on Heating Bills

5 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    Replacing windows that have broken seals is another great way to save on heating bills.

  2. Matt says:

    My brother just put an outdoor wood-burning unit outside their house to supplement heat during the winter months. He is using dead ash trees from the emerald ash borer infestation as fuel. Getting hot water from this too!

  3. Tyler Sims says:

    Installing a programmable thermostat was one of the most effective things I’ve implemented to reduce heating (and cooling) bills. It automatically adjusts the temperature up or down during times I am usually not home.

  4. Jim says:

    Fireplaces can be a tricky thing. The new ones all have a vent/pipe to pull external air as oxygen is required to produce the flame and are very efficient at heating the home/room; howver, older systems pull air from inside the home/room and often times your actually sucking the warm air out of your house to help the fire burn and it goes out the chimmney. That is why in some older homes you find the fireplace room to be very warm and the rest of the house gets very cold.

  5. Chet says:

    @tyler same here! I think most new thermostats have this as a feature, but many people might not know about it. I have mine set to drop 4 degrees during the day when I’m at work & at night when I’m asleep.

    Another thing to do is hire a pro to perform an energy audit. Probably better in the warmer months, but they will seal your house & create a vacuum with a big fan over one door. This tells them where the air seepage is coming from. Likely it will be a combo of the ground floor & attic. Since heat rises the warmer air will suck cold air from the ground as it escapes.

    Like the article says, proper insulating can help save tons of money & prevent energy waste.

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