Tips to Save Big Bucks on Your Gas Bill This Winter

During the winter, staying warm while also keeping a low utility bill is never an easy task. The temptation to crank up the heat is high, and walking around your home in multiple winter layers is anything but comfortable or ideal.

There are, however, a few more effective ways to make sure that your house is cozy without your gas bill breaking the bank.

1. Wait until closer to winter to lock in your rates. While many people believe that locking in their therm rates in August at a rate of .575 is cheaper than waiting until later months (paying around $775 for the entire year), financial guru Clark Howard says that it isn’t so. The economics expert claims that locking in your rates closer towards September can save you a great deal of money each year, as the price per therm usually becomes lower in September.

2. Buy a pre-programmed thermostat. Thermostats that are able to learn the temperature patterns in a home, called “smart” thermostats, can save a large chunk of money on a gas bill because of their ability to be programmed to a specific temperature while the tenant isn’t home. This eliminates the waste of heating and air that could be going on when no one is in the house. The benefits and money saved from these thermostats far outweigh their small price that can be under $100. Programmable 5-1-1 thermostats, for instance, allow you to customize for both the workweek and weekends.

3. Every degree counts. The difference in 68 and 72 may not seem monumental, but a homeowner can save up to 3% on their gas bill for each degree cooler that the temperature is kept at in the winter. One way to save and still keep a warm house is to utilize gas log fireplace systems. These gas logs are easily accessible, clean and can complement a lower thermostat. Sam Wilhoit from Brick Anew fireplace equipment explains the differences between vented and non-vented gas log systems, and which is best for your home.

4. Utilize curtains in south-facing windows. An open curtain can go a long way to cooling a house on a sunny day in the wintertime. The natural radiation warms a room throughout the day and once closed at night, natural heat still remains.

5. Replace furnace filters. For best performance, it is important to replace the filters on the furnace once a month. This permits better airflow throughout the house.

6. Use ventilating fans only when necessary. After using a kitchen or bathroom fan, turn them off promptly in order to not waste the heat that the house is producing. These fans can suck up a great deal of hot air in just a little over an hour.

With these few simple tips, keeping a low gas bill is easy and very attainable. After following these steps, a house is on its way to being a heavenly warm haven for the wintertime.

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From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Ellen Barnes.

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