15 Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Tips Include Heat Saving Curtains, Adding Insulation, and More

Keeping your home warm in the winter shouldn't leave you broke. Use these tips to save on heating costs.

Dress for Cold Weather

woman dressed warmly in bed with coffee
Fred Paul/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Dress in layers; slap a pair of slippers on your feet, and add a hat to complete your "stay warm" ensemble.

Decorate for Warmth

Couple hiding under blankets
Bjorn Vinter/Getty Images

Put flannel sheets on your bed, rugs on your floors, insulated curtains in your windows and warm blankets on your sofa. When it's cold outside, nothing says money in the bank like a house that's blinged out in warm accessories.

Take Advantage of Free Solar Heating

woman opening curtains in the morning
Tara Moore/Getty Images

Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your home; close curtains at night to trap in the heat.

Minimize the Use of Kitchen and Bathroom Fans

Tile back splash, ventilation hood and stove in kitchen
Space Images/Getty Images

Fans suck out undesirable smells, but they also suck out a lot of hot air.

Change Your Filter Regularly

Whole House Air Cleaner Filter Installation
BanksPhotos/Getty Images

A dirty filter makes your furnace/heat pump work harder and leads to super scary numbers on your heating bill. Aim to swap yours out once a month.

Get Those Ceiling Fans Going

Man installing ceiling fan
Jupiter Images/Getty Images

Hot air rises (naughty air). Run your ceiling fan in reverse to bring it back down to floor level.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Young woman setting air conditioning
Tetra Images/Getty Images

A couple degrees cooler when you're away or asleep can make a big difference on your heating bill (without any sacrifice from you).

Tip: Get a programmable thermostat, and let it make the adjustments for you.

Get an Energy Audit

Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera Pointing to House
BanksPhotos/Getty Images

You won't find many doctors that make house calls these days, but you'll still find plenty of energy auditors that do. Schedule an energy audit for your home (many utility companies offer them for free or a small fee), and find out where you could improve the efficiency of your home.

Insulate. Then Insulate Some More!

Young man installing insulation at home
Hero Images/Getty Images

Plug your zip code into the Department of Energy's insulation tool, to find out how much insulation your home needs. Then, beef up your existing insulation as needed.

Give Vents the All Clear

Air duct and ceiling light
Matthieu Spohn/Getty Images

Move all furniture and belongings away from your heating vents, so they can deliver all that heat that you're paying for.

Don't Let the Fireplace Put a Damper on Your Savings Efforts

Log fire in a fire place.
Paul Giamou/Getty Images

Keep the damper closed when your fireplace isn't in use to prevent all that snuggly warm air from making a quick exit.

Get a Tune-Up

Female electrician checking boiler
Peter Cade/Getty Images

Keep your furnace or heat pump running at peak performance by having it tuned up by a professional once a year. It's a small expense that could lead to big savings.

Dress Your Ducts

Worker Insulating an Attic Vent Duct with Aluminum Foil
Banks Photos/Getty Images

Heat loss happens to good people. Wrap those ducts tight, to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

Kick That Old Unit to the Curb

woman sitting next to window and drinking tea at home
freemixer/Getty Images

Breakups are never easy, but if you've been with your heating unit for a long time, it may be time to put an end to the relationship.

Wrangle for a Better Rate

Woman talking on the phone
People Images/Getty Images

Feel like you're paying too much for electricity, gas or oil? Then, shop around for a better rate. As long as you live in a deregulated state, there's plenty of room to negotiate.