Ways To Cut Heating Costs This Winter In Charlotte
With temperatures already dipping below freezing at night and a quick winter flurry appearance a few weeks ago, Charlotte residents need the heating system to stay warm. To help regulate high fluctuations in heating bills for fall and winter, homeowners, renters and residents can easily abide by efficient heating practices.
Turn down or turn off your heating system when not at home.
Although this might seem obvious, in the daily morning rush of life, sometimes you can forget to regulate the thermostat to your habitual routines. When you are at work or taking the kids to school, your house or apartment does not need to be toasty, so go ahead and turn down that thermostat a few degrees.
Turn down the thermostat at night.
Charlotte temperatures get a lot cooler at night; however instead of using more heat, use more blankets and layers on your body to reduce the costs of your monthly heating bill.
Install proper weatherstripping.
Recommended by The Department of Energy as a way to cut heating bills, weatherstripping movable surfaces will help increase heating system efficiency because it reduces air cracks. These weatherstripping installations will increase the efficiency of the heating system; thus, less energy will be expended and utility bills will hopefully decrease.
Replace air filters as needed.
Often during the summer and even fall months, the air filters can get quite dirty and filled with dust, which will only cause less efficient heating of your home. Replacing old air filters will help regulate the heating system within your house and ultimately reduce the overall heating bill.
Insulate as necessary.
Better insulated homes in the Charlotte area will have more efficient heating systems. Replacing old insulation with updated, and even environmentally friendly, insulation will help cut heating costs this winter. Working with a local technician to insulate attics, basements, closets, garages and crawl spaces will help determine the best insulation for your home.You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
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Isabel Sepkowitz is a freelance writer. She is an environmentalist who values sustainability, education, and innovation for the emerging green economy. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.