No matter how you heat your home be it with electricity, oil or natural gas the costs to keep your home warm costs more every year. Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy costs but you can only pile on so many sweaters. One of the biggest costs of owning a home is the cost of central heating. There are ways that you can reduce your heating expenses and still keep your home comfortable.
Replace an Old Inefficient Furnace
If your heating system is more than ten years old it may be time to look at a replacement. A newer replacement system can run far more efficiently and overall your monthly bills will be lowered. If a replacement isn’t in the cards then you might want to look into getting an HVAC company in to do an inspection so that you can make sure it is running as well as it can.
Insulate Your Home
Research has shown that a full third of homes in the US lose heat through the walls if you have bought an older home then this might be the case in your home. If you are one of these homes then you can easily fix by having your home insulated. Cavity wall insulation can be blown in and it will not only make your home more energy efficient it will reduce the amount you have to pay every month. Not only will you save some money it also adds value to your home when the time comes to sell.
Rebates and Grants for Home Heating
There are programs that are available through local, state and federal governments to help with the cost of heating, particularly for low income families that you may qualify for. They may also be able to help get your home more energy efficient, there are tax benefits as well to improving the efficiency of your home. Seniors may also qualify for discounts and rebates when it comes to heating their homes. Check with your state to see what is available to you.
Look at Alternative Energy
If your heating costs are unmanageable then you might want to look into an alternative energy source like solar. You can heat or even partially heat your home by placing solar panels on your roof. You can install them almost anywhere in the US and generate enough electricity to take some of the burden off your monthly costs. Solar panels have come down significantly in price and there also incentives from the government to make it worth your while.
With a bit of ingenuity you can reduce the amount that you spend on heat every month without freezing. Try some of these alternatives to make your home more comfortable.