How to Keep Your House Warm in Winter

Socked feet warming by a fire

As winter temperatures start to settle in, you might be ready to crank up the heat. However, keeping your home warm in the dead of winter often means a higher energy bill. So, is there something that you can do to avoid that potential cost spike during the colder months?

Natural Gas Prices Go Up in Winter

Most furnaces are powered by natural gas, which is why most home and business owners increase their natural gas consumption in the winter. What some people don’t realize is that when temperatures drop, people often experience an increase in the rate they pay per unit of natural gas consumed.

In the winter, you’re not the only one using more natural gas. Almost everyone is using more to heat their home and businesses. So, when winter weather takes an unexpected turn, that increase in demand can drive up the price, as natural gas in storage may need to be used.

2019 and 2020 Winter Forecast

A preliminary forecast for December 2019-February 2020 shows that this winter could be especially cold. According to Brent Rice, meteorologist at IGS, “The majority of forecasts for this winter are calling for colder temperatures compared to last winter, with the strongest cold centered over the Midwest.” Obviously, as temperatures drop, more people will be using their gas furnaces, which can drive up the price of gas.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your House Warm in Winter

There are a few things you can do to save money on your heating bill this winter:

  1. Ensure your home is properly insulated. Drafts will cause it to be colder and your furnace to run more often.
  2. Install weather stripping around doors. If your doors are older or don’t close flush with the jamb, you could be losing quite a bit of heat.
  3. Put up plastic window coverings. These do-it-yourself kits can really cut down on the amount of cold air that creeps in around your windows.
  4. Get your furnace inspected. It might not be running as efficiently as it could, and that could be costing you money.
  5. Get a smart thermostat. These devices allow you to program when your furnace warms your home instead of just running it 24/7.

These tips should help you protect your budget by shaving a few dollars off of your yearly winter heating bill.

If you’d like to learn more, take a look at this blog where we discuss how the changing seasons can affect the price of natural gas.