I was able to lower my winter utility bills by putting off turning on my natural gas heater. I used a space heater that I carried around to the room that I was in. Though there was an increase in my electric bill, it was less than the combination of the increase in the gas AND increase in the electric bill.
I eventually had to turn on the heater when uncommonly cold weather hit, but I still kept the bill down by using my electric heater.
CAUTION - if you have an electric heater that does not turn off automatically if it gets hot or tips…DO NOT LEAVE IT UNATTENDED. I would also recommend turning it of when you go to sleep. Get an extra blanket and get up a little early to turn it on and warm up your room.
Every time your heater kicks on, the money starts being added to your heating bill. It could mean a higher electric bill or both your natural gas and electric bill growing.
If you have used weather stripping, lowered your temperatures, and followed other suggestions, you may find that your heater is still starting up often. Look at where your thermostat is located. It may not be able to be moved, but you may still be able to control how often it turns on.
SAVING MONEY BY BLOCKING YOUR THERMOSTAT
If your thermostat is near a door that opens often, you may be able to tape a piece of cardboard that is on the side that the door is on. You may have to play around with it a little bit to get it right.
Remember heat rises and you may be able to reduce the number of times it turns on by taping a piece of cardboard above the top of the thermostat to keep the heat from rising and cooling.
SAVING MONEY ON HEATING BY CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE NEAR A THERMOSTAT
I have a thermostat in a little hallway that is near my garage door. Though the garage door isn’t used much, I realized there was cold air coming in. I put a cloth air stopper (long tube that blocks the air from the bottom of the door) and it made a big difference.
If you can, adjust the temperature to compensate when the temperature near the thermostat area tends to be cooler.
There is nothing like being wet and cold to prompt the heat being turned up. There are a few things to do to make taking a shower in the winter more comfortable even if you have the heat turned down to reduce utility bills.
Here are some ideas:
- Use a small space heater to warm up the bathroom before your shower. Be sure to remove it and turn it off before you get the water turned on, especially if you have a small bathroom.
- Run the water for a little while with the door shut. The steam will heat up the bathroom.
- Dry yourself thoroughly and you will feel warm. If you have long or thick hair, keep it wrapped in a towel to avoid it dripping and to absorb as much water as possible.
- Bring your clothes into the bathroom. Getting dressed in the bathroom will be warmer than dressing in the colder parts of the house. Be careful clothes don’t get wet or fall on the damp bathmat.
- Purchase an extra thick robe if you have to go from the shower or bath to another room to dress.
- If possible and safe, dry your hair with a hair dryer before leaving the bathroom. Focus on the hair next to the scalp and if you have long hair, if you can let the top layer dry on its own.
- Use slippers to keep your feet warm.
- Take a shower as close to the warmest part of the day as possible.
- Use a small space heater in the room you are changing in.
Even if you do turn up your heat for a little while around the time you shower, it is still better than having it up all the time. Just remember to turn it back down when the shower is over.