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Saving Money on Heating Costs

Heating our homes can be very expensive. This is a guide about saving money on heating costs.

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March 16, 2012 Flag
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If we have been using the oven during the winter or cooler months, we leave the oven door open after baking. The heat is turned off of course but my goodness, all the heat you can "recycle" by simply leaving the oven door open for a few minutes.

I refer to it as "recycled heat" because we've just paid for it to cook/bake with and now we can use it for additional warmth to the kitchen area. You don't want to do this during the summer or hotter months because it will make your kitchen even hotter. However, during the cold winter months, it sure feels good to feel it rolling out of the oven.

By Marsha from Greenville, NC

November 4, 2014 Flag
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What do you need in winter? Heat and humidification. Disconnect the dryer vent in the winter and let the heat and moisture stay inside. Smells nice too.


February 8, 2010 Flag
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I believe everyone these days are complaining about the high electrics bills we are receiving. The company which supplies my electricity keeps going up several times a year. In Dec. alone they went up 15.5%, after going up several times earlier in the year.

If you have a kerosene heater or an electric space heater, I believe you could save some dollars by using it and turning down the heat pump or electric heat. The space heater runs off 110 while your furnace uses 220. It has been really cold where I live for the past month.

So, I started using my space heater. When the room got warm enough to my liking, I turned the knob down until it cut off. I keep it in this position so it will cut off and on by itself. I have been very warm and my heat pump hardly ever has to come on now. I will find out next month how this will affect my electric bill.

By Tricia M. from Ridgeway


January 9, 2009 Flag
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Advice for saving money on heating costs from the ThriftyFun community. If you have a wood burning stove, this helps run that during the day throughout your home and shut off the oil heat and only use the oil heat at night when you are sleeping.

A furnace for a home.

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March 4, 2010 Flag

To save on your heating and cooling costs, keep your closet doors closed (same for dresser drawers, cabinet doors and such). Why pay to heat spaces you are not living in?

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December 7, 2007 Flag
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Tips and advice to heat your home for less this winter as suggested from the ThriftyFun community. To help heat our home, we winterize by covering all the windows with the plastic made especially for them.


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October 1, 2009 Flag
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me approximately how much money they've saved on heating bills by putting plastic in the windows to keep drafts out? I know this will depend on a lot of things, but I'm just trying to see if this is worth doing.

I'm on the 2nd floor of a two family house built in the early 1930s. I suspect the windows are the originals. I have a gas furnace that is probably at least 10 years old. I live in Upstate New York where it is pretty much cold and snowy from November through April.

By Kitschqueen from Syracuse, NY

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October 2, 20090 found this helpful

Everything helps! My 100 year old house has original windows in a large portion of it. We put heavy plastic between the window and storm window as well as insulated drapes and shades on the inside. Because I have a leaded window between the big picture window and fully insulated front porch, I just have insulated drapes, shades for that.

I also made special curtain/drapes for the upstairs bedrooms. My granddaughters' room has 3 pair of fully sewn drapes, one over the other. Done in colors that make it look darling with all of them on the window. The last one on top is a poly white fabric that looks somewhat shear but is like a nylon fabric. The other colors all come through. Nice days, I take the under curtain, wrap it around the top in circular loop style. It is the princess room, so we have the pinks, blues, yellows, white, greens all together in the curtains, rather than the paint on the walls.

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October 5, 20090 found this helpful

Depending on what you want it to look like. We used bubble wrap on the walls and ceiling of my greenhouse. Because it has the air chambers it works amazingly. Cool in summer and keeps the warmth in winter.

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October 13, 20090 found this helpful

If my windows do not leak, is there still a benefit from putting plastic over them in the winter? John

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November 24, 2008 Flag
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To save on heating fuel in the winter, insert the drain plug in the tub when showering and leave it in afterward until the water is cool. It adds warmth as well as humidity to your home. It's such an easy thing to do!

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February 1, 2005 Flag
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To stop cold air leaks from coming in your unused heat register vents just cut up one of those large magnetic calendars for your fridge. I got 3 covers from a Dollar Tree calendar.

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January 23, 2007 Flag
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Last year I did an experiment. Would heating with an electric room heater in each room be more expensive than heating with my gas furnace? I found out the electric heaters are much more expensive than turning up my thermostat on my gas heater. So if you're chilly, you can forget the electric heaters, just turn up the thermostat 1-2 degrees.

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January 22, 2007 Flag
Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful

thermostatA winter storm is quickly approaching and you listen to the roar of the furnace as it works to heat your home. With every cold snap you count pennies burning away in your home's heating system. While an upgrade is in the future, right now in the hours before the storm, there's nothing you can do to save on heating. Or is there? Try these quick and free fixes for energy conservation.

Rearrange the furniture.

Note the location of your vents and radiators. Do you have a large sofa backed against the baseboard? Is a throw rug covering your floor vent? If so, rearrange your furniture to allow for maximum heat circulation, and don't allow furniture to block or trap warm air from your vents and baseboards. Be mindful of "trapped corners" made by end tables and chairs which don't block vents but create a box around the vent, limiting the circulation of its heat.

Clean up.

Dust deters the full radiation of heat from radiators. When they're not hot from a recent furnace flare, wipe them clean. Make a point to dust them regularly or use the brush attachment of your vacuum to keep the dust from building up in the recesses of the pipes. Baseboard radiators have the same problem, so get out the duster or vacuum attachments and suck cash from your radiators.

Shut it.

There are various places that allow warm air to escape your home. In a quick sweep of the house, you can shut these trap doors. Close kitchen and bathroom vents and fans when they're not in use or invest in a magnetic cover for the vent. Fireplace dampers should also be closed when not in use. Infrequently used rooms, basement doors, and closet doors should be kept closed as well. There is no need to heat your coat closet, so keep the door closed and allow that warm air to go elsewhere. The same applies to your spare bedroom. The room will stay warm enough thanks to its heating element; keep the circulating warm air in the rooms that are used the most.

Let the sun shine.

Provided you don't have drafty windows which are protected with heavy drapes, pull back your curtains during the afternoon sun. The invading sunlight not only will help to curb the winter doldrums which affect people during the shortest days of the year but it will also heat the room a few degrees. If privacy is a concern, invest in sheers which block the clear view but allow sunlight to pass through during the day.

Now that you've done a few fix-ups you can relax by the window and watch the snowfall knowing that your heating bill will soon fall as well.

May 25, 2004 Flag
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If you use fuel oil for heating, have your tank topped off now, the price will be more expensive when you need it in the heating season.

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September 26, 2005 Flag
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Fall is a great time for a home-energy audit, and there are a surprising number of ways to save energy in your home without investing a major amount of money-or even time.

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March 22, 2011 Flag
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I seldom turn up my house heat yet the cost is my biggest expense; how can I reduce it? (I've done all the obvious.)

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