Everyone wants to save money, especially when it comes to heating the home. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what steps they need to take in order to cut back on the energy that they are using. Here are four easy things you can do right now to help save on heating costs in your Minneapolis home:
1. Locate Air Leaks and Seal Them
One of the primary reasons that energy is wasted is because of air leakage in the home. You can have an HVAC professional come in and perform a home energy audit to help you determine the areas in the home that need the most and quickest attention. However, you can start by focusing on the most common problem areas: windows and doors. In most cases, you can use weather stripping or caulking to seal these air leaks.
2. Lower Your Thermostat
Believe it or not, you can actually save money by lowering the thermostat temperature in your home. You can save as much as two to three percent on your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat temperature. That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up over time. The best way to keep heating costs under control and make use of that lower temperature setting is by having a programmable thermostat installed.
3. Add More Insulation
Most homes are insulated, but the vast majority of them do not have adequate insulation. In some cases, they don’t even have the right type of insulation in the home. The three areas of your home that you need to worry about the most when it comes to insulation is your attic, basement and exterior walls. An HVAC professional can help you determine the amount of insulation that needs to be added as well as the most appropriate type.
4. Lower Your Water Heater Temp
Whether it’s a new water heater or you’ve just simply never worried about its settings, it is probably safe to assume that your water heater is currently set at 140 degrees. This is the highest possible temperature that most units on the market can reach. It is set this way for a reason – so you spend more money. Luckily, you can check the settings and lower the temperature. It only needs to be at about 120 degrees. By turning yours down, you will significantly reduce energy costs.
For more advice on how to reduce the amount of money you are spending each month on heating costs, give us a call. We are happy to conduct a home energy audit to see where we can help you save money.