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How-To: Make Thrifty Home Heating Decisions

Worried about how you'll pay your heating bill this Winter? Since I know that this is a concern for many families, I decided to ask heating expert Chris Cooper for some advice on the subject. He took my queries to heart, and then sent me some ideas about lowering heating bills.

According to Chris, this Winter, the cost of heating a home is going to leave many people feeling anything but warm and cozy. In fact, those living in the coldest areas of the United States may well find themselves facing a home-heating crisis when trying to pay their bills. "We have a serious problem," said Dale McCormick, director of Maine's state housing agency. "This Winter is going to be our (Hurricane) Katrina."

To find out the first steps in keeping your heating costs under control,


However, there are some ways to keep your bills lower. Chris says that keeping a house in good repair and well insulated is as important as properly servicing your furnace and water heater. Consider negotiating for annual maintenance as part of any new furnace purchase and ask the contractor for conservation and saving tips specific to your house. Homeowners with oil furnaces might also consider joining a fuel co-op to reduce oil costs.

Need more advice? Check back tomorrow for a list of specific changes you can make in your home to reduce your home heating bill. Thanks Chris!


Join The Conversation
MsWalton MsWalton 8 years
I have gas heat in my apartment and instead of using it, I was thinking about getting some heaters from Wal-Mart. No need to heat rooms that I don't use.
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
I'm confused about the fuel co-op. Aren't you only allowed a single electric/gas company dependent on where you live like ComEd?
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Fuel prices in the UK have risen over 30% since January, and this issue affects everyone, everywhere. We bought an underbed heater and are vowing to wrap up until we cant stand it anymore. We are going to keep the main house warm by cooking earlier and letting the oven heat the house. The biggest problem for us is we are in an old victorian railway station, and we live on the second platform. to get a tea or coffee, or dinner, or anything really, we have to go outside. The second issue is victorian houses were built with draughts to keep them cool in the summer, so this costs on heating too. You can also get "cling wrap" style stuff which can cover the windows if you dont have double glazing, and consider rugs and things to keep the floor warmer during winter. You can get cheap offcuts of carpet from the local recycling place usually for a very small fee. Also, very heavy velvet or other heavy fabrics, a sewing machine and youve got some heavy curtains to keep the heat in. This costs about £1 a metre from our recycling place.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
Since the article mentioned Maine, I thought it might be interesting for some people to visit this website: this is from the NPR affiliate in Maine, and has a lot of resources for local people, but also a lot of information that might help anyone interested in this very challenging problem facing people in northern climates. Check it out!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
i live in an apartment and we havent' even had to turn the heat on yet! Being on the top means we get other's heat so it's nice :) the mornings ARE chilly, but yea I can get over that!
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