Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is without a doubt one of the greatest expenses we face during New England winters. Luckily there are a number of smart steps you can follow to help keep your home warm that don’t involve turning the thermostat down. There are some very obvious things you can do to save this winter and some that you probably wouldn’t even think of. You’re not going to have to completely upgrade to a high-efficiency heating system to save this winter. Here are some energy-saving tips that can help to lower your expenses this winter.

Make sure your home is properly insulated

The biggest areas of concern for lost heat are windows and doors. Even if your windows and doors seem like they are sealed properly, you won’t actually be able to tell until it’s already cold out. Running your hand along your window frames and door jams can give you an indication of just how leakproof or leaky your exit and entryways can be. A cheap tube of caulking can be used to close off any gaps around doors and windows. With all of the gaps sealed up, you can be sure to save in a major way. If this isn’t a realistic option for you even just keeping your curtain and storm doors closed and sealed up could save you an estimated 10% on your heating bill over the course of the winter.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat.

This one seems pretty obvious, but make sure that the temperature in your home isn’t set too high. It is even more important to make sure that your smart thermostats are set on a schedule. If you’re heating your house to a temperature that is comfortable while you’re not even there it is a big waste of energy. Programmable smart thermostats will allow you to drop the temperature in your home before you leave for the day and then have it at a comfortable temperature again by the time you get home. If you don’t have a smart thermostat already installed it is definitely worth the investment. With the amount of money you will be saving on your heating bill, the smart thermostat will pay for itself in no time. A smart thermostat is a must for any high-efficiency heating system.

Don’t heat areas of your home that you don’t need to.

Be sure to close off rooms in your home that you don’t use often. Just like making sure that you turn the heat down while you’re sleeping or not at home at all it is pointless to heat rooms that nobody is using. Closing doors to spare rooms or especially stairwells that aren’t in use will save you in a huge way. You should only be heating the parts of your home that you’re using.

Saving money on your heating bill during the cold winter months is a process of many small actions that add up in a big way. You could have the best high-efficiency heating system on the market and if you miss a simple thing like adjusting your smart thermostat correctly you won’t see the system’s full energy-saving potential. Every small step that you take toward making your home as efficient as possible will be worth it. Investing in efficiency now will pay for itself in the long run.

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