How To Protect Your Energy Bill During A Blizzard

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If a blizzard or other winter storm is in the forecast for your area, you may start worrying about a jump in your heating bill. While it will cost you a little extra to heat your home to a comfortable level, there's no need to break your budget. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your costs.

Keep Your Windows Covered With Energy-Saving Curtains

During a winter storm, the sun will be behind the clouds, so there won't be any heat pouring into your home from outside. Keep your curtains and blinds fully drawn.

A good rule of thumb is that the temperature shouldn't feel any different next to your window than it does a little farther down the same wall. If you do feel a cold spot, invest in thicker curtains to keep out the cold or use two layers of curtains or blinds to create an air pocket that will provide additional insulation.

Don't Rush to Shovel the Snow

Just like an igloo, the snow around your home can help keep you warm. If it's piled high enough, it will block the wind, and it will also serve as a layer of insulation that helps trap the heat escaping from your home.

Of course, don't forget to put safety first. Only leave snow in places where it can't affect your home's structure or your safety. If your roof isn't angled so that snow falls off, make sure you know how much snow it can safely hold. Also make sure you keep your doors and other exit points clear in case of fire or other emergencies.

Turn the Heat Down at Night

If you turned your heat off for one third of the day, you might be able to cut one-third off of your energy bill. When you're ready for bed, turn your thermostat down to 55-60 and bundle up under your blankets. Even if you think you can tough it out even more, don't go any lower or you risk having your pipes freeze.

If you hate waking up to a cold house, it might be time to install a programmable thermostat. You can program it to turn the heat down at bedtime and back up right before you wake up. For even more savings, you can do the same thing while everyone is at work or school.

To learn more about saving energy, contact a local heating and air conditioning contractor like one from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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22 January 2016

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