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As energy costs continue to rise, it makes sense to find strategies to reduce heating costs for your home. Here are some tips that are cost effective and will take you relatively no time to set up, where even small modifications will result in savings this winter.

Here are the 5 tips to save on home heating costs:

  1. Reduce Water Thermostat Temperature. Go to your basement and reduce your hot water thermostat setting by about 10 degrees. It is best not to go below 120-115 degrees. You can find the adjustment dial, which looks like a red knob, towards the bottom of the water tank.
  2. Check Air Filters. As you’re still in the basement, check your filters for your central air-heating unit. A dirty filter will force your unit to work much harder and stay on longer as it struggles to purify the air through the clogged filter to heat the rest of your house.
  3. Check your air ducts for gaps, leaks or disconnects. Be sure to seal any leaks in your ductwork, as this could save as much as 25% on heating bills. It may be necessary to hire a professional to fix your ductworks. This expert can also clean your ducts for added efficiency.
  4. Turn down the heat. Decrease your thermostat by just a few degrees. It may seem like an overly simple fix, but you will notice the difference at the end of the month.
  5. Programmable Thermostats. Speaking of thermostats, consider replacing yours if it is not programmable. The reason being, you can set the thermostat lower during the day, when you’re at work, and then set it to start warming up the house before you come home. These aren’t too expensive and are easy to install and configure yourself.

Implementing these tips will drastically reduce your home heating bills. Most of them can be applied in just one day, but the payoff will last for as long as you live there. Call us to get a free Columbus home insurance quote at 330-655-0655.

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