Ways to Help Lower Your Parent’s Heating Bill

One of the things that many caregivers do for older adults is to help them manage their finances. If you’re a caregiver to someone who is on a fixed income, that can mean trying to stretch money to cover all your parent’s needs. During the winter months, that can be more difficult because of higher heating bills. However, there are ways you can help your parent to reduce their monthly heating bill. Below are some tips that can keep the house warm while keeping costs low.

Caregiver in Comstock Park MI: Lowering Your Parent's Heating Bill

Caregiver in Comstock Park MI: Lowering Your Parent’s Heating Bill

Take Advantage of Sunshine.

Heat from the sun costs nothing, and it’s available year-round. Even when it’s cold outside, the sun’s rays can warm up rooms. Remind your parent to open their blinds or curtains during the day to let sun naturally heat the house. When the sun starts to go down, they should close them again to keep heat from escaping.

Seal Up Leaks.

Cold air can get in through leaky windows and doors. Replace worn weather stripping around doors and windows. Also, consider covering windows with plastic to keep out the cold. You can purchase a window covering kit at most hardware stores. Covering a window isn’t difficult, but it does take some time and is easier with two people. Caregivers may need to help seniors apply the plastic.

Use a Programmable Thermostat.

Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature in the house according to the time of day. Caregivers can help seniors set the thermostat to reduce the temperature at night while they are sleeping and turn it back up in the morning. Lowering the temperature between 10 and 15 degrees at night can lower energy bills by 10 percent.

Maintain the Furnace.

Have the furnace checked before it is used each year. Not only can this keep your parent safer, it can also keep the furnace running efficiently, lowering the heating bill. A tune up costs only around $100 but can save up to 10 percent. Furnace filters should also be changed on a regular basis.

Encourage Bundling Up.

While you don’t want to keep the house too cool as it could be dangerous for your parent, lowering the temperature in the house a few degrees throughout the day will save money. Instead of turning up the heat, encourage your parent to wear sweaters and warm socks. Caregivers can help encourage bundling up by ensuring the senior has plenty of warm, soft sweaters and socks and placing throw blankets in the living room where they are in easy reach.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in Comstock Park, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.







About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.