Tips to Lower Your Home Heating Costs in Michigan

9 Sep

Fall is right around the corner, and here in Michigan we all know that means we’ll be battling the cold north winds soon enough. How can you keep your heating costs under control? We want to offer some general ideas and tips about things you can do to warm up your home & help keep costs down- from window treatments to high efficiency furnaces.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #1: Be a Draft Dodger

In older homes, drafts around doors and windows can end up costing you a higher heating (and/or cooling) bill. Another place you could be leaking heat is from your duct work. There are some easy & inexpensive ways to remedy all of these areas.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #2: Ask For Help

Once you have your drafts under control, you can turn to the utility company for some help keeping the sting out of your bill. Senior citizens, low-income and unemployed customers also may be able to get assistance from their state public-service commission or the utility provider. In Michigan, for example, all state-regulated natural gas and electric utility companies offer assistance and/or shut-off protection programs to assist families in need. Low-income homeowners and renters may be eligible for the Michigan Home Heating Credit.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #3: Renovate

If you are up for spending a larger amount to save more money over the long run, some big-ticket purchases can pay real dividends.For more instant gratification, check with your state or utility company, which often offer tax credits or rebate programs for making those energy-efficient upgrades. If you are not up for big-bucks upgrades, some simple steps — such as wrapping hot water pipes with foam insulation and replacing weatherstripping around doors and windows — will still help keep you warm without draining your bank account.

Here Are More Tips to Ensure Your Home is Ready for Those Cold North Winds:

  • Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine and close them at night to hold in heat. Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows in cold months. Prune any trees or shrubs that block sunlight.
  • Heat only those rooms that are in use.
  • Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine and close them at night to hold in heat. Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows in cold months. Prune any trees or shrubs that block sunlight.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. Wear warm clothing indoors during cold weather. An electric blanket is much less expensive than heating your bedroom.
  • Get your heating system professionally cleaned and tuned to reduce the chance of breakdown midwinter. This simple step improves safety and pays for itself through greater efficiency.

Check back next week for more specific ideas and ways to treat your windows for greater efficiency.

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