WASHINGTON - No doubt about it, the cold weather has arrived. So it's time to tune up your house to avoid high heating bills.
The experts at Bankrate.com have some tips for lowering your heating bills this season.
- Open the blinds and curtains on south-facing windows in your home during the
day to allow the sun to warm up rooms.
- Adding insulation to your attic and crawl space can be pricey, but over time
you'll save more in heating bills than you spend on insulation.
- If you haven't already invested in a programmable thermostat, now is a great
time. An online check of the big-box home improvement stores turned up several of
these hi-tech thermostats that were priced at or below $20.
- You can warm up a room by simply reversing your ceiling fan so it runs
clockwise. That way, you'll pull cooler air toward the ceiling and push warm air
down toward the floor.
- Add caulk and weather stripping around your windows and doors. The cost is
minimal but you'll probably have to spend some time to get it all done.
- Move your furniture away from exterior walls and windows. Who wants to sit in
a cold chair?
- Pay attention to your heaters. Change the furnace filter once a month to keep
warm air moving. And cover up your water heater in an insulation jacket so it
doesn't have to work so hard. Big hardware stores sell them for about $20.
- Gov't: Most heating bills to rise this winter
- 8 tips to lower winter heating bills (VIDEO)
- How you can save on your electric bills
Follow @WTOP on Twitter.
© 2013 WTOP. All Rights Reserved.