Posted September 19, 2011 by RentJungle

Saving money on heating costs is an essential for a lot of people. But how exactly do you go about it without freezing in the process? Good Housekeeping has compiled a list of tips to aid you.

Heat Space-by-Space

Spend much of your time in only one room of your home? Using a space heater there, while keeping the overall house temperature lower, can save you significant cash. In fact, keeping the thermostat at 62 degrees and putting a space heater in one room can save about $200 a year.

Quick Fixes for Fast Savings

Windows and doors can be major causes of heat loss with faulty windows adding 10 to 25 percent to your heating bill. The GHRI recommends that you:

  • Open blinds during the day to let sun in. At dusk, close them to trap heat.
  • Hang drapes to help block drafts from where the window meets the frame.
  • Inspect weather stripping around exterior doors. Old, cracked, or gone? Replace.
  • Improve the seal of interior doors (like the one to the garage) by attaching a sweep. Sold at hardware stores, these flexible plastic strips are easily screwed to door bottoms, and keep cold air out from below.
  • Apply both interior and exterior caulking to fill gaps around window frames. If cold air is coming in around the sashes, install appropriate weather stripping.


Read more:Energy Savings - Save Money - Heat Your House for Less - Good Housekeeping

 

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