It is in everybody’s interest to save the most of our finances by reducing how much we’re spending on gas heating in our homes. In the average home, heating and/or cooling contributes about 40% of the energy bill. This is quite a significant percentage and being able to reduce the heating costs can go a long way to help you make some savings.
There some simple steps you can go through to cut down on your gas heating cost in your home. Let’s take a look at some of these steps.
Look for Leaks at door thresholds and in weather stripping.
Gaping doors and unsealed points in the home can lead to lots of energy wastage. More specifically, about 10 to 15 per cent of energy is wasted in improperly sealed homes. You can resolve this by checking for leaks as well as drafts in windows and all doors and also any holes that might cause the escape of the heat.
In addition, insulating and sealing up all the drafty areas keeps the home well heated or cooled. The heating system, therefore, does not have to overwork itself to keep the home comfy.
When not in use, close damper on a fireplace.
Closing the damper on the fireplace is another effective way to save yourself some extra cost. Of course, this should only be done when the fireplace is not in use. By doing this, you save a lot of heat. This is so because, when the fireplace is not in use, the chimney practically functions as a large window left wide open.
It ends up drawing warm air out of the home which means more heating is needed to compensate for that. This tip is therefore very cost effective and it will really take no effort to put it into practice.
Block any leakage in the heating ducts
By blocking leakages through the heating ducts, you can save about 10% of the amount you pay as heating bills. Most people ignore such little details but they tend to be very important in the conservation of heat in the home.
With the help of a plumber, all leaky ducts should be mended and put back into shape. Using simple duct tapes may prove to be ineffective in stopping leakages because the duct tapes dry up and fall off as time goes by.
Set Thermostat to 68 Degrees
Approximately about 5% of heating system costs can be saved when you lower the degree of heat to fall within the range of 60 to 70 degrees. If your health condition will allow you to do so, set your thermostat to 68 degrees or even lower, especially during the day and in the evenings also. You can install a programmable thermostat to help in this regard.
Seal electric wall plug leaks by using foam gaskets
Heat leakages are also sometimes caused by electric wall plugs. To prevent this, you can use foam gaskets which have been pre-cut and fit them into the electric wall plugs and all other switches in the home. Gaskets have proven to be very effective in preventing leakages.
Although simple, these steps when followed will save you a great of money paid as the heating cost. You should, however, contact a professional gas heater service company to assist you in determining what you gas heating costs are.