Ways to Save Money on Heating Costs, Week #2

This year I’m sharing ways to save money. This week I wanted to share ways to save money on heating costs.

Ways to Save Money

Heating costs can be a big chunk out of your budget. But there are a few different things you can do to help save money.

Do an Energy Audit

Go around your house and see where you feel drafts or can see daylight along the window or door. By replacing seals or using the temporary plastic sheeting on drafty windows, you can keep more heat in and less cold out. Which in turn can really help cut your heating bill.

About 8 years ago we decided to replace our old aluminum window/storm window combination with new double paned windows. We opted to replace a few at a time so we could pay cash. The windows made a big improvement no only in the draftiness of the home but also in the quietness of our home. They block out a lot more sound then we thought they would.

Then a few  years ago we decided to insulate our walls. A couple of our neighbors had done their homes and with their help we were able to insulate our walls ourselves. It took a day and $200 to insulate all of our walls. It was so worth the effort to get it done.

Nest Thermostat

Buy a Programmable Thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat can help you save by turning the heat down automatically when you are away or when you are asleep. You just set it and forget about it. That way your not heating the house while you don’t need to.

If you are worried about having to program the thermostat yourself you might want to look into a Nest Thermostat (affiliate link). They are more expensive but the thermostat can learn your habits so you don’t have to program it.

Save by Conserving

Turning the heat down a degree or two and dressing a little more warmly can help to keep your heating costs down. We keep our heat set at 65 during the day and 61 at night which helps us to save. We opt for putting a sweater on and wearing slippers instead of turning up the heat.

Use a Cheaper Source of Heat

We have a fairly efficient gas furnace but we can often get wood for free or cheap. Since we have a wood burning stove we save on our heating bill by using our wood stove when the weather turns really cold. If you have a steady supply of cheap or inexpensive wood it might be a great alternative to heating your house.

What have you found works for keeping your heating cost low?

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8 thoughts on “Ways to Save Money on Heating Costs, Week #2”

  1. Hi Shelly,
    We recently replaced our windows as well and besides the drafts we noticed it is quieter is well. Insulating the walls sound interesting. What kind of process is that? Thanks.

    1. Sue,
      We purchased the insulation and rented the machine to blow the insulation into the walls at Home Depot. We decided to insulate the walls from the outside since we have cedar shake shingles as an exterior on our home. We removed the shingles at the top of the wall between the studs and then drilled a hole to gain access to the wall with a hole saw. Used the machine to blow the insulation in via the little hole and then replaced the piece of wood we drilled out and replaced the shingles. We had to seal each shingle and hole cut out as it went back up and did a little touch painting, too. But the main part of the job took just a day. I hope that helps give you an idea of the process.

    1. Erin, Insulating the wall is a big job but not too bad at all. We decided to insulate from the outside as we have cedar shake shingles but it can be done from the inside too. The basic process is you drill a hole at the top between each stud, to access the inside of the wall, either on the outside or inside. If your have siding that is easy to remove outside might be easier. We used a machine we rented from Home Depot to blow the insulation into the walls and then replaced the cutout portion along with the siding. We had to reseal the siding and do a little touch up painting but it wasn’t bad at all. It has really made a big difference in the comfort of our home.

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