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Saving Money on Heating Costs

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


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March 16, 2012

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

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January 30, 20130 found this helpful

Well it's obvious that everyone's been doing this for decades. It's a good OLD idea.

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November 4, 2014

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.

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November 21, 20140 found this helpful

What about the dust from the excess lint the filter doesn't catch? Does your house get a lot of dust?

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February 8, 2010

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

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

I've turned my thermostat down to 65 and just wear warmer clothes. Like most other Americans, it's a shame we can't fight the system. Everything has gone up except my SS check.

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January 9, 20091 found this helpful

A furnace for a home.

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.


March 4, 2010

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?


December 7, 20071 found this helpful


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.


February 1, 20052 found this helpful

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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November 24, 2008

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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January 23, 2007

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.


Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
January 22, 2007


A 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.


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September 26, 2005

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.


May 25, 20040 found this helpful

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.


March 12, 20100 found this helpful

To save on heating costs, we close off the rooms that we're not using during the daytime by cutting off the heating system in those rooms and closing the doors. Before bedtime, we open the doors or turn the heat back on. This saves us quite a bit on electric bill.


June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Buy the fuel that you heat your home with during the winter in the summertime. It'll be cheaper then!



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October 1, 2009

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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March 22, 2011

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.)

By Kay from Babylon, NY

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Check with local govt to see if there is a program that will come out and do an "Energy Audit" and/or "Weatherization Program" to find and eliminate hidden heat lossers. Sometimes it's even free.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Since you're a Long Islander, like me, go to the LIPA (the electric company here) website; they have a lot of tips, some of which you might not have thought of, and offer home energy audits. They also have links to programs that give grants for upgrading & replacing insulation, heating systems, etc. These usually go through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority), and you might qualify for these programs. Their website also has helpful advice. The links are: and

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September 12, 20050 found this helpful

We have propane heat. Heating costs are suppossed to go up by 70% this year. What are simple things that we can do to save money but keep our home warm?


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September 13, 20050 found this helpful

i have electric heat. but 1 thing i do know that has helped in the past is the window cling. i put that up at as many windows as i can. i can tell the difference the room seems warmer and the area near the window isnt windy.

i would also think rugs over rugs and carpettring would help. vacuum your filters if you have them maybe once a wekk.

i am going to put the same ? up for electirc heat.

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September 13, 20050 found this helpful

There are many things you can do to help keep the heat inside. Re-caulk all window panes (if you have leaky windows) before winter sets in and put clear vinyl over every window frame on the outside. Use the indoor plastic window sealer on the inside. Close off rooms not used. Seal doors so draughts don't come in through cracks. If you have a ceiling fan, set it to rotate in the opposite direction so warm air is circulated back to floor. (If not set a fan as high as you can pointed at the ceiling and turn on low.) Wear 2-3 layers of clothing (undershirts, long sleeve knit shirts and sweat shirts.) Use electric blankets on beds and to bundle up while watching TV. Set dryer to exhaust into the room, not to the outside. Open oven doors after taking out food to discharge heat into kitchen. If you have south facing windows open blinds on a sunny day. I also have propane, plus 10 foot ceilings so keeping my house warm in winter has been a challenge. Good luck

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