Updated: Jan 31
Noticed an increase with your heating bill recently? You're not alone. Consumers across the U.S. are experiencing higher heating costs. Here are a few tips to help you save money this winter!
According to a November 2022 report from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, the average cost of heating a home is projected to increase by 17.2% from last winter. Get ready for high heating bills!
Here are a few tips to help save you money this winter!
Tip #1 - Use a programmable thermostat
With a programmable thermostat, you can set it & forget it. Renters have reduced their heating bills by 20-30% simply by lowering their thermostat by 5 degrees.
Tip #2 - Use Draft Stoppers/Seal Air Leaks
Draft stoppers are a simple and cost-effective way to prevent warm air from escaping through gaps around doors and windows. You can purchase pre-made draft stoppers or make your own using materials such as fabric, foam, or old towels. Simply place the stopper along the base of the door or window to block incoming cold air and reduce your heating costs.
"We expect a 3.4% decrease in natural gas consumption in the industrial sector in 2023, driven by a decline in the manufacturing production index as well as high natural gas prices." - U.S. Energy Information Administration
Tip #3 - Keep Windows Covered
Keeping windows covered during winter helps reduce heat loss and can lower your heating bill. You can use heavy drapes, curtains, or blinds to cover windows and keep the cold air out. Consider using insulated window coverings or plastic window insulation kits for added efficiency. You can also keep windows covered at night to prevent heat loss while you are sleeping.
Tip #4 - Use portable heaters strategically
Using portable heaters strategically can help you save on heating costs while still maintaining comfort. To use portable heaters effectively, place them in the rooms that you use the most and turn off heating in other rooms. This way, you only heat the rooms that you occupy, reducing energy waste. Additionally, choose heaters with energy-efficient settings and make sure to place them on flat surfaces away from flammable materials. Do not leave heaters unattended and always turn them off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Tip #5 - Apply for Energy Assistance Programs
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Service (OCS). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. To apply for these programs visit: energyhelp.ohio.gov. For more information on these and other programs, call 1-800-282-0880.