Tried And True Ways To Cut Your Heating Bill

by James Hendrickson on January 24, 2020 · 2 comments

ried and True Ways To Cut Your Heating Bill

It is mid winter here in Oregon and the weather is projected to be 40 degrees and rainy for the next two weeks.  So, if you’re like me you’re probably wanting to stay warm on the cheap.

Here are three things you can do to save money heating up your place. These ideas aren’t earth shattering, but they work reliably.

1. Insulate. My apartment is a really old building – it was built in the 1920s, and as a result it is a bit drafty. Last winter I went around and added an extra layer of insulation to all the window and door frames where we could feel a draft. It has cut down on the draftiness, and there less incentive to turn up the heat. The best part about this is, its easy to do. You just need to get a couple of rolls of insulation from your local hardware store and tighten the seals around the doors and windows.

2. Block off rooms you aren’t using. There are a a couple of rooms in the apartment I’ve got that aren’t used all the time. I keep the doors pretty much closed and the lights off in those rooms. I figure this cuts down the heating and electric bill by at least 10%.

3. Don’t turn up the heat. Heating costs are typically 42% of total household utility expenses. They’re usually the biggest single expense in your household utility budget. So the thing to do just lower your thermostat as much as is comfortable, 68 degrees seems to be right. I haven’t done this recently, as the the heat in my apartment building is centrally controlled. But, keeping the heat low does shave off the bucks.

For more on saving, read these:

How The Dinks Saved $21,000

Saved $323 With Just An Hours Work

A Savings Plan Can Help You Build Wealth

Give Your Savings An Attitude Adjustment

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike February 13, 2020 at 6:34 am

When my wife and I bought our first house, we knew it was a fixer upper but we didn’t realize how bad it was until that first winter. I would sit on the couch and feel a breeze coming from the complete shut window. The house had forced hot air and as long as the heat was blowing it was fine, but as soon as it switched off the house would get uncomfortable. It was so poorly insulated and it took a lot of work (and caulk) to keep the cold air out.

2 James Hendrickson February 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Mike – I bet you saved a ton when you were done on your electric bill though. Those savings add up.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: