Nine Free Things You Can Do to Lower Your Winter Energy Bills

Nearly half of your energy bills go to heating and cooling your home, so Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning wants to lower your energy bills. Finding ways to lower your heating bill in the winter can mean substantial savings so here is an easy-to-follow list of tips for lowering your heating bills. Hopefully, by combining as many as you can, you’ll see some savings on your next heating bill. This post will cover the free things you can do. Check back for an article listing ways to save money with small and medium sized investments you can make.
But for now, let’s stick to the free things you can do to lower that energy bill. These won’t cost you a dime but will save you money anyway.
  1. Close any vents in unused areas of your home and keep those doors shut. Why pay to heat the entire home when you only use a few rooms?
  2. Don’t use kitchen and bathroom fans unless absolutely necessary. They are vented to the outside and will suck heated air out of your home. According to the Department of Energy, in just one hour, a hard-working bathroom or kitchen fan can expel an entire houseful of warm air which your furnace has to work hard to replace.
  3. Replace or clean your furnace filter so your furnace doesn’t have to work so hard. Don’t forget to do this once a month. (Okay, technically, this isn’t free since you have to buy replaceable filters, but most people have them handy and it’s important to do even if energy savings isn’t your main goal).
  4. Rearrange any furniture that is blocking a vent to take maximum advantage of that air flow.
  5. Take advantage of the sun – it’s free! Open drapes and blinds on south facing windows during sunny hours. During evening hours, keep windows covered to slow the loss of heat from the room.
  6. If you have an attached garage, keep the big door shut as much as possible.
  7. Don’t use a traditional wood burning fireplace to heat – it will suck more warm air out the flue than it will return in heat from the fire. Also make sure the damper is closed when it is not being used.
  8. Lower the temperature on your water heater. Usually lowering it to 115-120 degrees reduces power use without users noticing too much of a difference.
  9. Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees when you are home and wear socks and sweaters.
While these seem like simple steps, combining them will save you money. And, as we mentioned above, they don’t cost you a thing! If you’d like more ideas on how to lower your energy bill, check back for our post on small investments that will save you big on energy bills. Plus, if you’re thinking about making energy improvements to your home, check out our Omaha ReEnergize Program. Until then, stay warm and snug and enjoy this Omaha winter weather! Warmest wishes from the G-Force team.