How to Save Energy on Home Heating Bills

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With temperatures dropping and most Hampton Roads heating systems in use, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Programmable Thermostat

Compatible with most Hampton Roads heating and cooling systems, with the exception of heat pumps, the programmable thermostat helps to regulate temperatures throughout the day and night. There’s no need to keep the house toasty warm when no one is home. Program the thermostat to comfortable temperatures during the morning and evening and on the weekends when everyone is home. While you’re at work or asleep, the programmable thermostat can be set to lower, energy-saving temperatures.

Vents

Take the time to see which vents are open or closed in your home. While closing vents to rooms that are not in use may seem like a good idea, this disrupts the temperature balance and can make your heating system work harder and longer. Check to see that any curtains or furniture that were moved during summertime are not blocking the heat from warming your living spaces.

Weather Stripping

Inspect the weather stripping around windows and doors. If it is worn or non-existent, this is a good time to add it in or replace it. This is especially important for non-energy-efficient windows. Adding curtains that completely cover the windows also helps to keep cold air from coming into the room.

If your energy bills seem higher than usual, consider whether any of your home habits and thermostat settings have changed enough to explain it. If not, check to see whether your heating system is blowing cold air. Call a Hampton Roads heating and cooling repair professional to test your system and replace an old or inefficient system with a new heat pump.