The snow and freezing cold temperatures are right around the corner, so now is a good time to start thinking about the best ways to heat your home while also saving some money.
An expert from Dominion Energy Ohio says to start by making sure no cold air is getting through your windows.
“Good way to check that your weather stripping is efficient is you can take a plain card or a business card and if you can put that in the crevice between layers of insulation and your window or door frame, that will tell you that you might need to put some more of that in,” said Communications Specialist Neil Durbin.
You can also create “draft stoppers” to put below your doors.
“You can take a towel and roll it up with duct tape and then put that under the door. We have a very drafty door for example that goes into our garage. We’ve used those rolled up towels over the years to keep the cold air out and the warm air in,” Durbin said.
He also recommends making sure your furnace is in peak condition. Customers should have an annual inspection to make sure their equipment is working as safely and efficiently as possible.
Durbin also says that customers can save 10 to 15 percent on heating costs by setting the thermostat at certain temperatures.
“Customers can save 1 percent per degree that they turn down that thermostat. For example, if they keep their thermostat at a setting of 68 degrees during the day and then as low as 60 to 55 during the evening. This is depending on personal comfort,” he said.
While you’re away from home, turning down the thermostat can also cut some costs.
Durbin says for those who are struggling to pay their heating bill, Dominion can provide assistance and different payment plans.
He says it’s best to let them know ahead of time because it costs more to have your gas turned back on than to reach out beforehand and work out a plan.