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How to save money on your heating bill

Small changes can make big differences in your natural gas bill this winter.  Heat escapes from your home in ways you might not expect. Here are some tips to save money on your heating bill this winter.

Did you know…

  • The stove exhaust fan does more than remove cooking smells?  It also removes the warm air from your living spaces.  According to the Department of Energy, a bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan can expel the warm air from your home in as little as an hour,
  • Your furniture might be blocking your heat source?  Re-arrange furniture so that heating vents are open to the room.
  • Using the smaller burner on your stove can save enough money for a nice dinner?  BostonGlobe.com reports that you can save a surprising $20-$40/year by avoiding oversized burners when cooking with small pots and pans.

Other tips to keep in mind…

  • Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use.   Hot air rises, meaning the heat from your home is escaping through the chimney.
  • Use an extra blanket on your bed, and turn down the thermostat at night.
  • Curtains can be used to your advantage – Open your south-facing curtains during the day to take advantage of solar heating.  Close the curtains at night to keep heat in the home.
  • Insulate your home as much as possible.  Remember that higher “R-values” mean greater insulation.
  • Lay a rug on top of hardwood floors to avoid heat loss through the floor.  This can also provide much needed cushioning for tired feet.

Warm wishes,

Lisa H.