Have you noticed the cold weather setting in? I sure have! You might even be experiencing snow where you live. No one wants to be cold and uncomfortable in their home (especially over Christmas). On the other hand, it’s no fun to get a huge bill in the mail on January 1st. There are a few simple changes you can make to save money on your heating bills, without sacrificing comfort.
- Try closing the vents in rooms you do not regularly use. This will concentrate the heat in the places you spend most of your time.
- Did you just bake a pie or cook a casserole in the oven? Try leaving the door open a crack, after the oven is turned off. A lot of heat is generated through cooking. Let the aromas and warmth fill your space.
- Did you know that fans are not just for cooling? You can reverse the direction on your ceiling fan to push the hot air down to you. Remember, hot air rises.
- If you have leaky windows or doors, it is well worth the initial expense to invest in weather-stripping and insulation of ductwork.
- Bundle up! For each degree that you bring down your thermostat, you will save almost twenty dollars every year. Keep soft slippers by the front door. Set fuzzy cuddle blankets on the chairs and sofas throughout your home.
- Some communities still allow for wood burning stoves. We have one and use it to heat our home all winter long. It is beautiful, effective and saves us tons of money.
- During the day, try opening curtains on your windows that are south facing. Take advantage of the natural sunlight to keep you cozy and warm.
- If your family is looking to purchase a new furnace, you may want to look into Energy Star models. Energy Star is collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal is to help consumers save money and protect our planet at the same time. These government agencies have established partnerships with private industry to create energy efficient products and ideas. By purchasing an Energy Star appliance or furnace, you can possibly save over 16% on your family’s energy costs.
- We turn off the heat all together at night. I get up early in the morning and turn the furnace back, so my family will be comfortable when they awake.
Don’t let winter heating bills put you in a deep freeze! Come up with your own game plan that works for your family. Combat icy temperatures and save money at the same time. Chances are, baby won’t even notice the changes. Let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!