Rent is expensive enough as it is… if you don’t have your utilities set up efficiently, then you’re probably tacking on a couple hundred dollars each month to that rent bill.
Heat is a utility that’s completely necessary. Some might argue that you can get by with just a couple of fans in the summer, but humans weren’t built to be able to function in cold climates. You need to warm up, and warming up means that your utility bill is going up.
Use these two tricks to cut back on your heating costs. Use the money you save to enjoy life – winter can be depressing if you’re staying inside all of the time!
Windows are (literally) the gateway to cold air getting inside of your house. Keeping your windows open in the spring, summer, or fall can be pleasant, but in the winter you’re looking to minimize all air flow in and out of your house. You want to keep the heat you’re paying for in, and you want to keep that frigid air out.
The obvious problem is that you can’t just “get rid” of windows. You still need something to be letting light into your house. No one wants to be living in darkness 24/7.
Consider updating your windows. You can’t change the material that your house is made of, but you can change the types of windows that you have.
New windows can reduce air flow by as much as 80%. We’re not saying that buying new windows will be cheap, but look at it this way: if your monthly heat bill is $200 and you can save $100 per month by upgrading all of your windows for $1,000, it’ll only take you 10 months to recuperate that loss. They’ll also keep your air house cooler in the summer – it’s an investment that will help you save all year long.
Check your furnace
Furnaces are incredibly expensive – much more so than windows. You can get a brand new furnace, but that’ll be quite the investment. Furnaces usually last for decades… but they do break along the way.
The thing that homeowners don’t realize is that furnaces often don’t break completely – just a single part breaks. This single part can lead to the entire unit operating inefficiently. All of the sudden, you’re spending twice as much on your heat bill but still producing the same amount of heat.
Even if your city isn’t the coldest, it’s still worth checking up on your furnace. For example, St. Louis only falls below freezing for around 30 days a year, but on those 30 days, you better believe that you’ll be cranking the heat. Like we said, furnace repair in St. Louis is relatively inexpensive, and it will pay off in the long run.
Don’t be a slave to your utility costs. If you notice an uptick in them when winter rolls around, do something about it. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to cut your heating costs in half with a little bit of work.