Cut Heating Costs This Holiday Season

Fans
18155
Followers
13500
Subscribers
6413
October
21

Colossal Christmas Countdown Holiday EventCut Heating Costs!


Don't spend all your cold, hard cash to keep warm this winter.  Try these tips to trim your heating bill, from Zeke Hausfather of Efficiency 2.0, an energy-management firm.


Free and Simple Solutions:

  1. Lower your thermostat by five degrees and bundle up ~ Winter Savings: $300
  2. Close your blinds at night ~ Winter Savings: $5
  3. Ask your local utility to do a free home-energy audit to uncover air leaks and insulation problems ~ Winter Savings: Up to $250

A Furnace Checkup:

  • Older models can waste up to half the energy you're paying for, so consider a new, more efficient one.  Winter Savings: $300

Small Investments:

  1. Purchase DIY insulation for air ducts (at $5 per square foot) and hot-water pipes (at 25 cents per square foot) ~ Winter Savings: $63 and $13 respectively
  2. Seal leaky windows with caulk from your local hardware store ~ Winter Savings: $5

A Gadget Worth Getting:

  • Install a programmable thermostat for around $65 (you'll find one at any home-supply store).  Set it to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for five hours per night and sever hours during weekdays while you're at work ~ Winter Savings: $213

{This post is an excerpt from "Solutions: Cut Heating Costs" as published in Parents Magazine}
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

Melissa
Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley!
Add Melissa Cleaver to your LinkedIn Network
Add Mommy Living the Life of Riley to your Google+ circle

Please Leave a Comment

Rate this Post

"Say what you mean and mean what you say, but don't say it mean." Thanks! :)

CommentLuv badge

More in Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice
Christmas-Button
Commemorate Hanukkah at Your Holiday Party with Edible Dreidels! Great Gift Giving Idea Too!

Edible Dreidels! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel - I made it out of...marshmallows.  For an easy spin on the Hanukkah top, whip up these fun, kid-friendly treats.  Marshmallows form the dreidels' bodies,...

Close