As the temperature drops drastically, it becomes increasingly more important that you take the time and the effort to figure out ways to reduce your heating bill so that you can be comfortable without having to pay an arm and a leg. Here are some tips on keeping your heating oil bill a bit more manageable, which should allow you to keep your home warm.
1. Invest In a Programmable Thermostat
The first thing that you should do is invest in a programmable thermostat. The reason for this is that it will allow you to more accurately control the temperature in your house to when you actually need it. The first thing that you want to do is control when you want your house to be cool while you are at work. You likely have figured out that it takes more oil to bring your home down from a very low temperature to a higher one when you get home. This either means that you freeze for the first hour while you're home, or you keep the temperature a little warmer in your home even while you're at work. A programmable thermostat will be able to bring the temperature up to a level that will be comfortable for you by the time that you get home, as long as you program the time when you get home accurately and the desired temperature. This will allow you to turn the heat down lower than before and therefore allow you to save more money while you're at work. You can use the same tactic while you are under the covers at night, asleep.
2. Consider Adding Solar Panels
Another option is to consider adding smaller solar panels on your roof. These will allow your home to generate some of its own energy passively during the day. These will not be enough for all of the energy that your home needs, but they should be enough for you to at least offset some of your home's energy costs with a slightly cheaper energy form. You will want to talk to your solar supplier to see if this is truly worth it for your home.
3. Reduce the Number of Baths You Take
Finally, be sure that you reduce the number of baths that you are taking since these require more hot water than showers. This will help cut your oil heating bill.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in fuel, such as Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.
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