Unfortunately winter is once again upon us and thoughts of those high heating bills are probably already giving some of you nightmares.  Well take heart because below you’re going to find some really useful Tips on how to cut your heating bill this winter but still stay cozy and warm.

One of the first things you need to know is that most of your heat is escaping through your windows.  If you have single pane glass windows it may be time to invest in double pane, especially if you live in an area of the country with long, cold winters. Yes it’s a big expense but it’s a one-time expense that will pay you back in savings over a very long time.

If you can’t afford to replace all the windows in your home you still have a couple of options.  One is to replace only the windows in the rooms you use most, like the kitchen and living room.  Another is to buy caulk and caulk all of the windows to stop drafts and heat leaks. There’s also the option of using plastic shrink-warp that’s specifically made for windows. Lowe’s and Home Depot are going to have this so just go there and ask for help.

Speaking of drafts, doors are also a big culprit when it comes to losing precious heat (and money) during the winter so make sure that your doors are all sealed well. There are kits that you can buy at a low cost that will easily take care of this problem.

Before winter sets in completely make sure to have your heating system checked and maintained.  You can do this yourself but, if your system is more than a few years old it’s best to call a pro and have them check it out.  At the very least you should check and replace all filters and continue to check them as winter progresses.  Dirty filters can waste up to 25% of your electricity or gas.

Of course turning the heat down, especially at night, is a proven way to save money, as is keeping the curtains open on the sunny side of the house during the day and closing them as soon as the sun moves away

Finally you can invest in a new, programmable, digital thermostat that will allow you to specifically set the times of the day that you need the heat more and of course turn the heat off or down when you need it less.  Consider this another investment that will pay off over the following years.