As we see our summer tans fading, the clocks turning back, and cold
air in the weather forecast, we know one thing is inevitably true.
Winter is coming and heating costs will be coming right along with
that. Some people may love the first snow fall, bundling up by the
fire, and turning up their heat but once that first utility bill comes
in the mail, it’s time to think about how to save money. Most people
can’t afford expensive home improvements to make their homes more
energy efficient so. We put together a do it yourself (or do it on a
budget) list of how you can keep your home warm while saving money on
Cover Your Windows with Plastic
Not all windows are used in the winter so be sure to cover them with
plastic! You can also use plastic on doors that aren’t used
during the winter months. Most window kits are about $10 per window.
These window seals can help eliminate drafts and keep in the heat!
Energy Star, plastic over your windows can help cut your heating bill by 20
Use Space Heaters Carefully
If you do use a space heater, make sure to only turn it on while
you’re in the same room as it. This will help take the chill out
of the air and make the room more comfortable without you having to
turn up your thermostat.
Purchase a Humidifier
A humidifier can be a great tool for cutting energy costs during the
winter. Many furnaces fill our houses with very dry air, which means
it’s not as good at holding heat and doesn’t feel as warm.
With the humidifier adding some moisture to the air, it will help the
air feel warmer and hold the heat more effectively. Another positive
is that it will also help keep your skin from drying out in the cold
Turn Your Thermostat Down
It may seem strange that you’re reading an article suggesting
that you turn your thermostat down, but you should keep your
thermostat as low as you can while still being comfortable. There is
always an argument on whether to keep your thermostat at the same
temperature all day or not. According to
Richmond Air, turning your thermostat down while at work or sleep can help you
save 10% on your bill which will definitely add up during the colder
months of the year.
While you should be comfortable in your house, it’s winter!
Wearing a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and some fuzzy socks are more than
acceptable while relaxing in your home! It doesn’t cost a thing
to wear warmer clothes while inside. You can also keep the temperature
inside the house just a few degrees cooler when you bundle up.
Hopefully you find the tips above helpful to not only save on your
heating bill, but to also stay warm! Be sure to contact your local
agent to make sure you’re covered over the cold winter