Energy conservationFor BuyersFor HomeownersFor SellersHome maintenance tipsReal Estate December 6, 2010

Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

What costs you the most money to maintain your home?  I bet your heating bills are at or near the top of the list.

Here are 5 easy ways you can help your heating system to be more efficient and help to save you money.

  • Change your furnace filter regularly– I know few people seem to change their filters regularly.  Trust me,  I ask this question when I meet home owners.  Your furnace technician can install a device which “beeps” when you need to change filters.
  • Get your furnace serviced annually- Most people ‘fess up and say they don’t service the furnace on a regular basis.  Sign a contract with an HVAC company and they’ll call you each year and make sure it’s done.   The furnace technician can check the furnace and confirm it’s not leaking any carbon monoxide.  The added bonus here is you won’t die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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  • Make sure your doors have good, tight weather stripping- get down on the floor and see if you see light under the weather stripping. If you do, then it’s not tight and replace the weather stripping.
  • Install programmable thermostats- you can regulate your heat and set it to be lower during the days you’re not at home or at night.  This could save you some significant money.


  • Look at your heating bills for a full year to determine if you are using energy less efficiently than the average home for your area.

If you find you’re using more energy than the average home,  check my next post about energy savings. Coming soon is a post with more information about ways to save some money on your heating and energy bills.

  • Oh, and did I mention putting on a sweater and lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees? (this is number 6, but who’s counting?)