4 ways to cut your heating bill by $690 a year

Plug your (money) holes to save big



From the November 2016 issue of the magazine.


Even well-built, newer homes have enough gaps to add up to a 14-square inch hole. But plug these money holes and you can save as much as $690 off your heating bill. Here’s how

Drafty doors

A thin eighth-of-an-inch gap under a 36-inch wide door is akin to a 2.4-inch hole in your wall. Save money by sealing up drafty doors.

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Replace attic insulation 

To keep heat bills down there should be at least 12 inches of evenly distributed insulation throughout your attic.

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Fill the cracks

To stop air leakage, and high heating bills, use caulk to fill the gaps.

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Out with the old-school thermostat

For every degree you turn your thermostat down in winter, you save between 3% and 5% on your heating bill.Use a programmable thermostat to make these savings automatic.

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Sources: Efficiency Nova Scotia, Washington Post, Energy Saver

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One comment on “4 ways to cut your heating bill by $690 a year

  1. Programmable thermostats are of little or no value in a home heated by hot water in-floor. If you turn the thermostat down at night, it takes far too long to heat the home up in the morning.


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