Being uncomfortable in your home due to the temperature is never a pleasant experience. However, it can be difficult to keep your home appropriately heated if you are constantly worrying about energy bills. Luckily, if you have an oil heater, it is relatively easy to heat your home and keep the costs manageable. Here are some tips for doing this.

1. Open Your Shades During the Day

The first thing that you need to do is commit to keeping your shades open during the day. This will allow the sunlight to stream into your house and warm it slightly. You likely turn your heat down when you are not there in order to conserve costs. Having the shades open can increase the temperature of your home so that when you do turn the heat back on, you will use less energy and therefore less money to restore your home to its previous, comfortable temperature when you arrive from work.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

The air that you heat is going to lose some of its warmth if your pipes are not insulated. The pipes carry the air through the house and if it has a long distance to travel, it is going to get a lot cooler by the time it reaches the appropriate room. You can deal with this by having someone come to insulate your pipes or by doing it yourself. Be sure that you close the shades when the sun goes down in order to preserve the heat that is currently in your home.

3. Use Green Fuel

Talk to your heating oil provider about mixing your current stash of heating oil with a greener alternative that will burn more cleanly. This will help reduce your carbon footprint and decrease the amount that you have to pay each month.

4. Install Storm Windows

Make sure that the heat that you are pumping through your home does not escape through the cracks around your windows by installing storm windows. You can get them online or at a hardware store.

5. Close Your Vents When They Are Not Being Used

Finally, be sure that you close any air conditioning vents or other vents during the winter when they are not being used. This will prevent the air that you paid to heat from escaping and therefore lower your heating bill because you will need less excess hot air.

For more information, talk to a heating oil provider such as Cash Oil.