SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Temperatures have hit the freezing mark and many people have begun to think about winter heating.
Sunday is the first morning this season that temperatures have gotten into the 20’s in western Massachusetts. This may also be the first time this season many people are thinking about turning on the heat.
However, if you are trying to wait as long as possible to save money there are a few things you can do to turn the heat on but keep the costs down.
Making sure your home is well insulated can help save money when it comes to heating, but also can save you money in the summer when you’re cooling your home.
It costs about 500 to 1,000 dollars to insulate an average attic and according to bankrate.com it can save you 20 to 30 percent off your monthly bill.
The department of energy also suggests you adjust your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees cooler for the eight hours you’re at work. That can save you another 10 percent on your heating bills
Lastly, water heaters are normally factory set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to scald. While most people can live comfortably with 120-degree water and save you even more.
There is a free program to make sure you’re heat isn’t escaping your home. It’s called MassSave. The state will send someone for free, to see if and where your home might be leaking heat.
Eversource Energy said it could also save you money on your energy bill.
You can also use stripping or spray foam insulation to seal off your doors or windows.
According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 56 percent of the energy use in a typical American home.