Save Money on Your Apartment’s Heating Bill
If you’ve ever left ice cream on your back porch in the Winter, you’ve probably lived through an Indiana Winter. The temperature might be lower than your shoe size (a balmy 4 degrees) but chances are, your heating bill is through the roof this time of year! Fortunately, we’ve put together some tips on how to keep your Fort Wayne apartment warm while knocking dollars off your heating bill this Winter.
Winter-Proof Your Apartment
The first step in saving money on your heating bill is to pinpoint the problem areas. Check all windows and doors to make sure no drafts are getting in. When temps get as cold as this, it doesn’t matter how good the windows and doors may be, chilly drafts can find a way to enter through the crack under your door and around your windows. If necessary, seal off your door crack with a door snake. Use a rolled up towel, or check out how to make your own door snake.
If there is a room that you don’t typically use, keep the door closed. This will close it off from the rest of the apartment, making it easier to keep your apartment warm.
Another key to keeping your heating bill at a minimum is to make sure all vents and registers are free from obstacles. If necessary, move furniture to keep registers open. This will allow for better airflow, making it easier for your apartment to warm up faster.
Here are a few more ways you can save on your heating bill this winter:
- Moist air holds heat better than dry air so invest in a humidifier. Or, green plants work as natural humidifiers and help lighten up a room
- Keep your furnace clean
- Keep curtains open during the day and closed at night to utilize the natural warmth of the sun
- Don’t use exhaust fans – exhaust fans pull the warm air right out of the room
Manage the Thermostat
One thing that can wreak havoc on your heating bill is running the heat too much. On average, you can save about 3% on your heating bill by lowering your thermostat by only one degree. That means you can instantly knock 12% off your heating bill by turning the thermostat down four degrees. Or, set the thermostat at a cooler temperature while you’re away instead of heating an empty apartment.
Dress accordingly for the season. Instead of cranking up the heat and wearing a t-shirt and flip-flops around your apartment, turn the heat down and throw on a sweater, socks, and slippers. Snuggle up in a blanket while watching TV.
Do you have any tips for staying warm AND saving money? Share them in the comments below.