My heating bills are regularly a concern.
The winters in our local section are the longest season and often set records for chilly un-even temperatures.
Both of us expect sub zero conditions, freezing chilly winds and lots of snow. The process of burning fossil fuels to generate heat requires a fantastic deal of energy. Because of the drain on our budget, I recently invested into a new oil furnace. The older heating plan wasn’t nearly as energy efficient and performance had diminished over the years. It was also succumbing to minor repairs every year. With the new oil furnace, I spent more to get an ENERGY STAR rated, high-efficiency system. It is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. I also take proactive steps to reduce the workload of the oil furnace and keep our home warm and comfortable. I now set the control unit at 73 degrees during the Wintertide with the fan switched to “auto.” It keeps the home warm however doesn’t force the oil furnace to run non stop. I tell our teenagers to wear warm socks and overcoats. I also take luck of options to lower the control unit even further. If we’re going to be away from home for even a few minutes, I turn down the heat. I also adjust the control unit when the people I was with and I go to bed at night to conserve energy. Both of us all have heavy blankets on our bed and sleep better in a cooler room. On sunny afternoons, I open the blinds and curtains to let the sun help heat the home. It’s a free source of heat. I have invested into thermal lined curtains that I close at night to trap the heat. Every year, I check the caulk and weatherstripping around the windows and doors. I make sure that the insulation in the attic hasn’t been compromised by moisture or rodents. I replace the air filter in the oil furnace every week and schedule professional Heating, Ventilation, and A/C repair every year, right before the start of winter.