This winter don’t let your heating bill be a fear factor. Use these 7 Ways To Save On Your Heating Bill to help cut back on winter expenses. Not only will you still be warm, you’ll find your budget is a lot easier to handle in the colder months.
Use Wood Heat: If your home already has a fireplace, take advantage of the lower cost of wood heat. Cut your own firewood or trade with neighbors and family. Using wood heat takes a little more work, but is well worth the savings on your utility bills.
Cover Your Windows: While mini blinds, or fashionable curtains may be your preference, winter months with cold temperatures mean it may be time to go a step further and cover your windows. That doesn’t mean boarding them up. It simply means adding a thicker curtain you keep closed at all times, or even covering with heavy blankets or quilts if there are drafts.
Seal Windows & Doors: Weather stripping and sealant go a long way toward keeping cold air out of your home. A few dollars at a hardware store and an afternoon going from window to window can save you tons of money since your heat unit won’t be working overtime to compensate for the cool draft coming in.
Shut Vents & Doors To Rooms Not In Use: If you have spare rooms, guest rooms, storage rooms or craft rooms that aren’t used on a daily basis, shut the vents off and shut the doors. The heat will direct on to the next vent/room in the house and you won’t be needlessly heating a room you aren’t using.
Dress Warmer: While this may seem a given, many people come home and immediately strip off their layers for comfy pajamas that may not provide much warmth. Invest in some nice flannel lounge wear, double up on shirts and socks and don’t hesitate to wrap up in a blanket while snuggling on the couch. Keeping your heat setting around 65-68 in winter months is not unacceptable when you choose to dress warmer.
Use Area Rugs: If your home has tile or wooden floors, you are much more likely to feel the cold on your feet. Invest in some nice area rugs to cover the areas you spend the most time in. This will protect your feet from the cold and insulate the floor against drafts flowing underneath your home as well.
Add Extra Insulation: Many older homes simply don’t have enough insulation in the walls and attic. While you don’t want to rip down walls to add new insulation, you can invest in new or upgraded insulation in your attic. This will help protect your home from the elements, and the one time investment is something that will save money in the long run. Many people can even suit up and install this on their own easily saving money on a serviceman doing it for them.
Utilizing some simple ways to save on your heating bill this winter will help reduce your financial stress as well as emotional stress this winter. Rather than worrying about how you will pay your heating bill, you can enjoy the beautiful snow and winter weather with your family.
How do you save on your heating bill?