Posted on: 8 July 2018
The cost of heating your home varies from state to state. States with the highest energy costs include Vermont, Mississippi, Wyoming, Alaska, and Connecticut. For the average American, 5 to 22% of their income goes toward energy costs. When it comes to heating costs, if you have noticed that you've been spending more than you have in the past, there are probably some reasons why.
Here are three reasons you're paying more for heating.
1. Your Thermostat Is Set at One Temperature
If you want to lower your heating bill, you should pay close attention to your thermostat. Besides setting it at a certain temperature when you are home, you should be sure to change it for the hours you're not spending at home. To save money on heating during the colder months of the year, you should set your thermostat at 68 degrees for the time you spend at home.
When you're not in the house, or when you're sleeping, you should lower your thermostat by a couple of degrees. By adjusting your thermostat instead of keeping it the same temperature all the time, you could save up to $180 a year on your total energy costs.
2. There Is a Problem with Your Heating System
If your furnace or heating system isn't working like it once used to, it may be in need of heating repair. Some of the most obvious signs it needs to be repaired include:
- You notice water around your furnace
- There is hardly any air blowing from the vents
- Your furnace or heating system is making strange noises
If your heating system is in need of repair, it means it's not working as efficiently as it should, thereby causing your heating bill to go up. Old furnaces will also affect the efficiency of your heating system. On average, furnaces last between 15 and 20 years. If your heating system is over 20 years old, getting a new one will help reduce your heating costs.
3. Your Home Is Leaking Air
When your home is leaking air, it means cold air is getting in, and warm air is escaping out. Trying to keep your home heated when it is leaking air can be difficult, not to mention expensive. Some obvious places to check for air leaks include:
- Windows and doors
- Electrical outlets
- Ceiling fixtures
- Attic hatches