With the winter approaching, the only thing that is getting warmer is your wallet. There will be an obvious increase in the energy bill. Heating accounts to 56% of the energy used by an American home. You cannot sit in the cold and at the same time, you need to have a method which would help you to heat your house, without losing you, a lot. Here are a few ways which would help you to save a few dollars from your energy bill.

Fireplace

The best eco-friendly electric fireplace would help you to save a lot of energy. This fireplace would not give out toxic gases and at the same time, the air filters in the electric fireplace would help to increase the quality of the air you breathe. This fireplace also reduces the heat loss and blocks the cold air from entering the room through the chimney. Thus, there would be a considerable decrease in the amount you spend with the wood burning versions.

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Insulation

Starting from your attic to your garage, try to insulate every nook and corner of the house. This is not just for the winter, but also for the summer. Insulation would not let the heat ooze to the surrounding from your house in the winter and does not increase the room temperature in the summer. Make sure that all your ducts are sealed properly, before you start the insulating process. A duct leak can cause 10-25% increase in the heating cost. Proper insulation would decrease your monthly energy bill by 30%. Talk to the experts about the right way of insulating your house. Starting from heavy drapes to wooden insulation, there are a lot of steps and methods for insulating different rooms. You can do it yourself with a little help from the internet too.

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Tame your thermostat

When you are off to work, decrease the temperature in your thermostat by 10 degrees. Depending upon your location, this can be helpful to save more than 10% of your energy bill. If you have programmable thermostat, you can reduce the temperature more and increase it a few hours, before you start to head back to your house from work.

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Switch hot water with warm water

The water heater you buy is set at 140 degree F. This is a temperature that you need to add some cold water to make it to usable state. Instead, reduce to 120 degree F which would help you to use the water comfortably and at the same time also helps to reduce 10% of the heating cost of water. Moreover, your water heater need not stay on power mode, the whole day. You can turn it off or reduce the temperature, while you are at work or when you sleep.

Use slow showerhead, insulate the water pipes and install a timer to the water heater to help you reduce up to 24% of the heating cost. Leaky taps, leaky showerheads and pipes also radiate the heat out making you to spend more money on heating. About 26% of the energy bill accounts to the water heating needs.

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Don’t let your money flow through the window

Your insulation and controlled thermostat would mean nothing if your windows are not closing properly, or if there are small holes on the still. Insulate your window after repairing it. You may not need to open all the windows in your house during winter and thus, it is better to shut them sealed from the inside. There are window panels which help to avoid temperature transfer between the environment and the house. Double pane windows are better, when it comes to saving energy bills than single pane windows. Save up to 30% by perfectly sealing your window.

The same goes for the doors too. It is better to check every opening in your house, including the chimney. Replace the worn weather-stripping, adjust the door thresholds and perform all the other actions which would help you to seal the heat inside.

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If you are living alone in your house, it is a waste to use your furnace, all the time. You can rest your furnace and use a portable heater which you can keep the room that you are in, warm. This will help to reduce 3% of your bill. No matter what type of method you use, there is always an initial cost attached to it. However, you should remember that the return on investment for these products is very fast.