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Thank you to everyone who took the reader survey and shared your tips for saving money on your heating costs! The findings…

Readers reported keeping their house anywhere between 55-70 degrees. Hats off to the woman who can keep her house at 55 degrees, brrrr!!!! The average was 64 degrees. According to the California Energy Commission, “for every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.” I challenge you to try setting your thermostat back even just one degree.

Suggestions from readers of things you can do yourself included:Ice On Window by alexander hjorth

  • use a programmable thermostat to lower your heat overnight and while you are away
  • use space heaters during the day (but please use caution)
  • place window film over windows
  • use window quilts
  • caulk around windows
  • draft dodgers in front of your doors
  • close off rooms not in use
  • wear more layers of clothing
  • use more blankets
  • my personal favorite — “snuggle with hubby”

There are, of course, major home improvements such as adding insulation to your attic, insulating your walls, and replacing windows and doors. If you are going to take on a major improvement such as these, make sure you do your homework and get quotes from multiple contractors. We replaced our 80+ year old windows this past fall and were amazed at the difference in quotes and services offered between companies. I could, and may, write a blog post on that whole experience!

Here are some articles I found from around the blogosphere that you might find helpful:

If you have additional tips for saving money on home heating costs, please share them below!

2 Responses to “Reader Tips for Saving Money on Your Gas Bill”

  1. Kathy says:

    You’re welcome Tracy!

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