Heating Your Country Home on a Budget
Heating Your Country Home Without the High Bill
With rising prices all over the country, your gas and electricity are taking a hit. We’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to keep your heating bill lower during the cold months!
Geothermal heat can be an efficient way to heat your home. It uses constant, stable heat from the earth to heat your home. Due to the fact that the earth is warmer than the outside air, it takes a lot less energy to warm up a room. During the warmer months, geothermal energy can also easily cool your home using the same method at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. The best thing about this form of energy? It is eco-friendly.
Another eco-friendly and efficient way to heat your home is by using solar energy. After the initial investment of solar panels, the cost is free. In this method, solar radiation is used to heat the home. CNN Money estimates a 2,000 square foot home would need about four to six solar panels, which can get costly. However, once installed, the panels can provide up to 80 percent of the home’s heating needs.
Pellet stoves burn small pellets made from switchgrass or sawdust. They are more energy efficient than wood burning stoves and heat your home with less fuel. Larger homes may need two of these to keep warm, but the initial investment will only run you about $2,000. Buying the pellets will run you nearly $400 every winter. The U.S. Department of Energy says that pellet stoves are the cleanest solid-fuel burning appliance available.
There are great alternatives to heating your country home without spending an arm and a leg! If you’re interested in upgrading your country home or are looking to buy, give us a call! 269 352-1381
Information provided by United Country Real Estate