Save BIG this Winter on Heating Bills

Archive: Nov 2014

  1. Save BIG this Winter on Heating Bills

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    EnergyBillsJust when we are getting started to save money and spend big on holiday presents, is about the same time our energy bills increase due to the cold. That’s right, we said it: the cold. We live in Wisconsin where we throw boiling water in the air to watch it freeze as a past time.

    We knowing that majority of our energy costs go to heat per year. So we need to take extra steps to put extra back in our pockets. Therefore we have compiled for you a list of ways to help save on heating costs:

    • Keep furniture, carpeting and curtains from blocking heat registers and air return ducts

    • If radiators are located near cold outside walls, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room

    • Don’t overheat your home and overwork your furnace. Use supplemental heating equipment for hard-to-heat areas

    • When replacing your furnace, look for one that’s at least 90 percent efficient

    • Close your attic, basement, garage and exterior doors to prevent cold drafts and keep in heat

    • Ceiling fans set at slow speed push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room without creating a chilling breeze. This spreads the heat more evenly and will make you feel more comfortable

    For additional ideas, check out our previous tip posts: Tip #1 | Tip #2

    Feel free to explore consumersenergy.com for more resources.

  2. Shrink Energy Bills: Tip #2

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    QuickTipImageNo one likes a leak. So seal yours!

    Sealing air leaks saves, on average, 10 percent or more on heating bills. That’s an average of $50-$170 per year.

    Cost: $30-$50 for materials

    Payback time: Starting six months