Posted on December 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Massachusetts homeowners typically spend the majority of their budget for energy costs on heating their homes, according to Mass.gov.
To reduce the amount of money you spend on heating your home, here are 12 ways you can lower your utility heating bill this winter—and most of them you can do for free!
It’s less expensive to put on a comfy hoodie and sweatpants rather than make your home hot enough to dress like you’re on Miami Beach.
Researchers at the University of San Diego say if your feet are cold, you’re going to feel cold.
Up to 10% of your body heat escapes through your head, according to The BMJ. Wearing a skullcap or your hood up is a simple way to stay warm at lower household temperatures.
Flannel sheets and a down comforter are one-time purchases that keep you warm night after frosty night. Ductless mini-splits also enable you to heat your bedroom without paying to heat the entire house.
After baking and the oven is off, leave the oven door ajar to let the heat escape into the house. This IS NOT a way to heat your home, but why let good heat (and aroma) go to waste if you have it?
Warm up with foods rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and immune-boosting powers, suggests Health magazine. Add oatmeal, (real) hot chocolate, black bean soup, pumpkin soup, and chili to your regular menu.
During the day, open your blinds or curtains to let the warming sunlight fill your home.
At the end of the day, close those window blinds and shades to keep the warm air from escaping out the windows.
Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise so it pushes the heated air back down into the room, suggests ENERGY STAR®. Your furnace will run less often.
A weekend of squeezing silicone into cracks and installing weather stripping can reduce your energy costs by up to 30%, according to the Department of Energy.
When the fireplace isn’t being used, shut the flue to keep heated air from going up the chimney.
Mass Save® offers energy audits to determine if your home is under-insulated. Added insulation in the attic is like putting a hat on your house!
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