With heating oil prices going up, the consumer need to do everything they can to help lower their heating costs. In the saving money on heating oil prices article, we discussed how you could shop around to lower what you spend on heating oil. In this article we will talk about maintaining your furnace and other low cost way to save money by making your home more energy efficient.
Tune up your oil burner
When was the last time you had your furnace tuned up? It’s been that long, hasn’t it? If you have a contract with your oil dealer, they will frequently do it for free or at a reduced cost. If not, expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $150 to have it done. It will be well worth it. Do this during the summer when your oil dealer is slow. Better to have it checked then than to have it break down during a cold snap right?
Change the furnace filter
If you have a forced air system, be sure to check the filter monthly. A clogged filter will cause your furnace to work harder and will burn more heating oil.
Turn down your thermostat
This is almost a no brainer. Why heat your home when no one is home? You should install a programmable thermostat so it will automatically lower and raise the temperature when you are away. You can also set it to lower the temperature when you go to sleep at night. You can replace your old one and install the new one yourself.
Move Drapes and furniture away from registers and radiators.
This can block the heat from getting to you in the room. Make sure nothing is blocking the vents so the heat can circulate better.
Install radiator reflectors.
Installing a radiator reflects can help move some of that heat back into the room making you warmer.
Clean the air registers
These frequently get dirty from collecting hair and dirt from your home. Be sure to not only clean the registers that pump heat into the room, but also clean the return register to the furnace.
Open the Curtains
You should leave the curtains and drapes open during the day on your entire south facing windows. This will allow the sun into the room and will help keep it warm. Close the curtains and drapes at night to keep that heat in.
Check the weatherstripping around the doors and windows
This is usually where you lose a lot of your heat. Feel around the doors and windows for drafts. If you do, you will need to replace the weatherstripping there. This is a very simple job you can do yourself. Weatherstripping is very inexpensive and will make your home feel more comfortable.
Following these low cost tips can help you save a significant amount of money this winter.