Frugal Heating 101: Saving Money On This Winter's Heating Bills

If your family's budget is already squeezed as tight as possible, then you are likely freaking out about your impending winter heating bills. While you will need to run your heater this winter to stay warm and keep your home's pipes from freezing, the good news is that there are many things you can do to lower your heater usage.

To this end, follow these time-proven frugal tips to save on heating bills this winter:

Tip: Use Passive Solar Heating When Possible

On sunny days, opening up your home's draperies and mini-blinds will help to heat your home. As the sun's rays beat on your home's window glass, the glass will heat up. Opening up your window coverings allows that warmth to be transferred into your living space. Once the sun goes down, you need to close your window coverings or the cold from the glass will transfer into your home and make your heater run more often.

Tip: Adjust All of Your Home's Exterior Door Thresholds

One of the biggest culprits that causes drafts in your home is exterior door thresholds. If your doors are not in contact with their thresholds, then warm heated air will escape to the outdoors and the cold outdoor air will leak into your house. To prevent this from happening, you should adjust all of the thresholds on exterior doors to ensure that they do not leave gaps between them and your doors. You can easily adjust door thresholds by loosening their adjustment screws.

Tip: Place Chimney Balloons in Any Chimneys You are Not Using

If you have a fireplace in your home but are heating with a forced-air heater, then you should place a chimney balloon inside of the chimney. A chimney balloon is a plastic device that you blow up like a birthday party balloon. Once it is full of air, then you shove the balloon up into your fireplace's chimney. The balloon acts as an insulating barrier between the warm air in your home and the cold outside air.

Tip: Lock Down All of Your Home's Windows

Finally, you should lock all of the windows around your home. Simply closing the windows sometimes allows air to sneak in around their frames, but locking them in place will seal them and prevent air leaks. Once each window is locked into place, then check to make sure the frame is not leaking air. If you feel air coming through the window's frame, then you need to apply a bead of caulking to seal it.

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