Even if you have the very best, most efficient furnace, it does cost money to operate, and we know that with Christmas only days away, everybody would rather not spend money on their heating bills. So for this month, and every month to come, here are some great ideas to help save money on the bills you can’t just eliminate. Even trying a few of these will make a difference, but go ahead; take a leap of faith and try them all.
- USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT: One of the best investments you can make in your home is a programmable thermostat. By setting it up to warm the home while you are active, and allowing the temperature to drop while you are gone or sleeping, you can save a considerable amount on your heating bills. A temperature drop of more than ten degrees is not advisable and may take more energy to heat back up, but even a ten-degree drop during the day while you are working, and a five-degree drop at night will make plenty of difference. Change the temperature about half an hour before you awaken to stabilize the warmth, and let it drop about an hour after you go to bed, so your body heat will accumulate in the blankets and keep you warm. Studies show that humans sleep better in a colder room with a blanket than in a warmer room with no blanket.