Alternative sources of heating are on the rise, if you can hold out a few more years, theprices of these systems will equalize with conventional systems.
Zone Your Home-
Let's say you have a 2,000 sf home, are you using all the squarefootage all at once? Probably not is the answer. If you have a boiler, you can contactyour heating contractor and they can "zone off" sections of your home. For instance, ifyou and the family gather in the family room every night, your heating the whole houseto use one room. Your heating contractor can help you decide which rooms would bebest suited for your needs to zone off, therefore saving you precious fuel dollars.This is relatively inexpensive, and usually depending on your heating contractor, can bedone in one or two days depending on the size of your home.
There are many attractive wall mounted heaters that usually blend inwell with your home to heat a particular space. Again, let's go back to the family room,heat that area, leave the rest of the home at a cooler temperature. These systems runoff of propane, natural gas and heating oil.
Still got the 1952 dial thermostat that is got the worn spots from whereyour grandfather used to turn it up because grandma was cold. GET RID OF IT! Get agood one (I prefer Robert Shaw Brand) it will save you money just because it isaccurate. If your not handy any heating contractor or electrician can install one. It is alow cost investment with a big return.Programmable
are good, but only if you live the same life everyday, if youare like our family we are in and out at different times everyday, you may be overridingit and eliminating it's intended purpose. Just a nice digital thermostat will do, just turn itdown to no lower than 64 degrees for boilers and 62 degrees for furnaces, rememberyou have to heat everything in your home to the degree you choose when you gethome.
Don't Over insulate-
You may actually be doing more harm than good by filling everycrack. Your home needs to breathe and over insulating will actually have a reverseeffect and may cause you more problems than you want, such as, mold and moistureloving bugs and spiders. Replace weather striping on doors, replace old drafty windows,use heavier drapes and open blinds or drapes on sunny days on the east and southside of your home.
*Best Advise-Use the
your oil company may have andkeep the payments up, remember oil is a commodity and the companies that provide itare not a utility and plan on that you will not get a delivery unless you are paid up.Remember these companies do all the work and make the least per gallon, so money istight and plan on getting a call or not getting a delivery if you haven't paid. Also, if youuse a full service company that provides burner service as well, again expect a call,EVEN IF YOU HAVE A CONTRACT, they will not be out on a Sunday night at 1AM tofix your heat unless you pay up, your contract may be voided for non-payment, so treadcarefully, many companies are "cutting non-profitable customers," or in other words,firing customers, budgets start now so get on it and start paying! Oil and Propane