As the cost of heating homes goes higher and higher, many are scrambling for ways to stay warm yet have enough left over to buy groceries. Most homes are heated by natural gas, oil, or electricity, and the prices of these fuels continue to escalate. So how can you save money on heating bills?
Following are some helpful tips for saving both energy and money. All of these are relatively easy and inexpensive to set in motion. Additional methods, such as buying high-efficiency heating equipment and installing insulation, are pricy in the short term but more than pay you back in savings over the long haul. (For more about these, see the Heating & Furnaces and the links above right.)
Here are some low-cost measures you can take right away to save money on heating bills:
Put on a sweater
Yes, this one is obvious. But it’s important. By lowering the set-point of your thermostat 2 degrees, you can save about 6% of your energy costs over a 24-hour period.