Money Monday: Savings tips for home heating

Summer flew by and now the crisp fall air is already upon us Mainers. Last night it got down to 36 degrees at my house! I forgot to throw on my down comforter so I was quite chilled. 

So, when I woke up this morning threw on a sweatshirt and looked around for money saving tips on home heating. It's great to plan ahead so you're not surprised when your heating bill shows up three times greater than you expected. 

Did you know that Maine depends on oil to heat homes more any other state in the country? Therefore, here are three money saving tips for your heating bill this winter:

1. Remove your AC unit & seal windows

Take out your AC to prevent drafty airflow and seal the window with plastic or weatherstripping. Find out how to seal your window from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension video below: 

 

2. Programmable thermostat

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By a installing a programmable thermostat it allows you to "set it and forget it" by setting temperatures based on the times you are normally home and your habits. It will only run the furnace when needed. Turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours, can save you 5-15 percent a year on your heating bill.

3. Move furniture 

Move furniture away from heat sources to prevent blocks in airflow. By moving your bed, tables, or couches away from heating registers you could increase airflow making the space warmer instead of turning the temperature up.