5 Hot Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter


Is the winter cold giving you the blues? Don’t let it raise your heating bill — use these tips to reduce your energy use while keeping your home nice and toasty.

1. Insulate Your Windows

If you have single pane windows or have drafts sneaking in around them, try using a window insulator kit. By covering windows with a thin layer of plastic, you can seal off any cracks and add extra insulation.

2. Use Your Curtains

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, curtains can reduce heat loss from a room up to 10 percent. Close all of your curtains at night, and during the day, open curtains in rooms that receive direct sunlight.

3. Stop Door Drafts

If you can feel cold drafts coming in through the bottoms of any doors, use a door draft stopper. You can brace the bottom of the door with a rolled or folded-up rug, or purchase a stopper.

4. Turn Off Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Bathroom fans can help reduce moisture, but they also allow heat to escape. Use your fan minimally, and open the bathroom door after a shower to allow moisture to evaporate.

5. Program Your Thermostat

Use your thermostat strategically to save on heating costs. Try lowering your temperature setting by 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it can save you up to 10 percent on your heating bill.

For more tips on how to save energy at home, see How to Conduct a Home Energy Audit.