As the seasons change from summer to fall, many Massachusetts homeowners begin thinking about – and dreading – the annual winter heating bill. Large heating bills can be a big problem for people on fixed incomes or for the many American families who today are living paycheck to paycheck. Columbus Energies, a provider of propane and home heating oil in Swansea, Massachusetts, has a variety of delivery and service plans designed to make it more affordable to keep your home warm and cozy this winter.
In addition to these helpful service plans that provide oil and propane delivery in Massachusetts, here are some tips that can help you to reduce your winter heating bill. Most of them are free to try, but could save you a lot in monthly bills that can really add up over the season. Energy experts have determined that you could save as much as 10 percent off your bill just by following one of more of these tips.
#1 – Keep Your Feet Warm
A lot of people think it’s an old wives tale, but if your feet feel cold, the rest of your body will feel cold too. Consider wearing socks or get yourself a pair of warm house slippers to wear around the house as the temperature starts to drop. Keep warm throws, blankets and sweaters within reach so you can bundle up a little rather than turning up your heater.
#2 – Control the Temperature
You can cut your monthly bill by as much as five to ten percent just by lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees. Chances are you won’t even notice a change in temperature if you move your heater from 78 down to 75 degrees. Consider getting a programmable thermostat that will let you automatically set the temperature to a lower threshold during the day, when you are at work or out of the house.
#3 – Get Active and Warm Up
There are plenty of ways to warm up a house. The traditional meaning of a “housewarming party” was to invite over a bunch of guests, cook a bunch of food, put on a fire and warm up the house with all that activity. Bake a loaf of bread, cook a meal or take a warm shower and allow the hot steam to spread throughout your home rather than removing the warm air with a vent fan. Get up and do some chores. Vacuum, do the dishes, do a load of laundry – all those chores that made you sweaty in the summer will help to heat you up in the winter too.
#4 – Minimize Heat Loss
There are ways for Massachusetts homeowners to ensure that the warmth indoors that comes from using home heating oil in Swansea, New Bedford or Dartmouth doesn’t escape too quickly. Keep doors and windows shut when you are using the heater and switch to storm doors and windows that will help minimize heat loss in the winter months. If you aren’t using your fireplace, make sure the flue is shut and close up your fireplace with glass doors. Don’t use ventilation fans unless they are required, as those fans will just pull the warm air up and out of your house.
#5 – Check Your Water Heater
Once again, checking the thermostat for your water heater and reducing it by a couple of degrees will help to reduce your winter heating bill. Massachusetts homeowners can reasonably adjust their water heater thermostat from 140 degrees, which is the common setting, down to 120 degrees, which can reduce energy consumption and lower your bill.
#6 – Get Your HVAC System Checked
An annual maintenance program is suggested to help keep your HVAC system running effectively and efficiently. Columbus Energies provides a wide variety of maintenance services to customers, including HVAC inspections, maintenance and repairs. Check the filters inside and outside your home to make sure that they are clean and replace them on a regular basis. Studies show that a dirty filter can increase energy costs because it makes the HVAC system work harder to push the air through to achieve the desired temperature.
#7 – Get Your Home Heating Oil or Propane Tank Checked
In addition to oil and propane delivery in Massachusetts, another service provided to customers of Columbus Energies is regular checks and inspections of your home heating oil or propane tanks to ensure that everything is operating as it should. Ask your representative about the Preventative Maintenance program, which can help you to lower your winter heating bill by reducing your overall fuel consumption through proper maintenance of all your appliances and equipment.
#8 – Cover Windows and Stop Door Drafts
When the sun goes down, get in the habit of covering your windows. Use blinds or curtains to keep out the cold air and reduce heat loss. Let the warm sunlight in during the day for added heat, but make sure to take cover at night. Stop door drafts by adding rubber seals around your entry way for a tight seal and consider using one of those draft stoppers at the bottom of your door for extra protection.
#9 – Keep Your Heating Vents Clear
Make sure you don’t set or stack things next to your heating vents to make sure you get a proper airflow throughout your home. Pay attention to where furniture is placed as well to make sure it doesn’t block your vents or prevent warm air from getting through.
#10 – Use a Reputable Delivery Company
Columbus Energies provides oil and propane delivery in Massachusetts and has been serving customers in the Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut area since 1960. They also provide a beneficial Preventative Maintenance program, HVAC maintenance, repairs and services, 24 emergency services and much more.
Ask About Our Fuel Assistance Programs
In addition to all of these delivery programs and services, Columbus Energies is proud to offer Massachusetts homeowners new ways to save on their winter heating bill. If you are on a fixed income and qualify for a Salvation Army, Citizens Energies, R.I. Fuel Assistance or Citizen for Citizen fuel assistance program, Columbus Energies participates in these programs.
Columbus Energies also offers a Worry Free Payment Plan that spreads out your annual fuel usage over 12 months, allowing you to make a set payment every month, and providing three percent fuel credits on credit balance. Customers can also choose to include the cost of their annual service contract in with the payment plan.
Contact Columbus Energies for all of your propane or home heating oil needs in Swansea and the surrounding area. For more information on oil and propane delivery in Massachusetts or more tips and services that will help you to lower your winter heating bill, call Columbus Energies direct at 1-877-674-1492.