As summer comes to a close, now’s a good time to assess everything in your home and check for any damage or repairs before the cold months begin to set in. Although winter feels like a long ways away, the cold and wet weather has a tendency to creep up on us and plunging temperatures usually mean higher energy bills. However, there are ways you can kick that cycle and save money on heating bills with a few simple changes around your home.
Get Your Boiler Checked
A problem with your boiler will undoubtedly mean not being able to save money on heating bills. In some cases, it could also mean that nasty gases like carbon monoxide may be leaking into your home, which is dangerous, so it’s good practice to regularly get your boiler checked to make sure everything is safe. If you have an old, inefficient heating system, now may be a good time to upgrade to an efficient model, which will improve your home’s energy rating and save you money at the same time.
Install New Windows
Windows are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heat escaping from the home, preventing you from being able to save money on heating bills. If your windows are old, this is the perfect time to look into getting them replaced with double – or even triple – glazing, to prevent any drafts and keep the heat in your home. While new windows may require a small up-front investment, they’ll last tens of years and will save you a lot of money.
Update Your Thermostat
If you have an old and inefficient thermostat, you could be throwing away hundreds of dollars a year. Update your thermostat with a new model and look out for smart and programmable models that allow you to control the heat from your smartphone, or even set your thermostat on a clever timer. Turning down your heat at night by just a couple of degrees can make a huge difference and help you save money on heating bills in the long-run too.
Of course, there are plenty of other small things you can do that in the long run, which will make a big difference. Closing doors, wearing an extra pair of socks in the house so you don’t have to turn up the heating, and closing curtains at night to keep in heat require no monetary investment but will make a positive impact on your energy usage and heating bills.
If you’re looking for a plumber in Vancouver to help with your plumbing and heating system, give Mr. Plumber Vancouver a call today!