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.
A very simple way to reduce your gas bill is to check the pilot lights on anything that has a pilot light. You may be able to adjust it and reduce your natural gas utility bill. There is a little screw that will adjust the pilot light. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, ask for help from someone who knows what they are doing or it may be worth hiring someone to do it. You can search online to find out how to do it or contact your natural gas provider.
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