Households of today are faced with the harsh reality of rising fuel costs. While this situation is already apparent in the pump prices of gasoline, the burden is made heavier during the winter season. A lot of homes use diesel-fed heaters to keep their interiors warm. Now diesel prices are also on the rise which is why more and more families are looking for cheap alternatives to the traditional heating system.
But prices aren’t only the issue here. The environment also takes a hit everytime fossil fuels are burned. So the challenge to consumers right now is to find a cheap and environmentally-friendly solution to their heating problem. Below are some of the options.
- The first option is good if you’re just starting to build or remodel your home. To keep your homes warm during winter, you can opt to orient to the south the windows of the rooms that you often use. By doing so, sunlight falls on those rooms in winter which can help heat the room without using the heater. This method is called passive heating.
- However, if remodeling the house is not an option, another cheap alternative is by using biodiesel or biodiesel additives to your fuel-fed heater. The good thing about using biodiesel is that it comes from renewable sources such as vegetable oil or animal fat. You should be careful when using this though, as too much biodiesel can clog your engine.
- Sometimes, the problem with your heating is in the heater itself. You should therefore keep it well-maintained so that youâ€™re sure that you’re getting the optimum energy while using the same amount of fuel. Also, if you think your heater already needs to be replaced then do so. The heaters of today are now more energy efficient so it would be good to opt for the newer models.