With budgets already stretched tight and winter approaching, the thought of turning on the heat is an added expense many budgets are not ready for. There are things you can do to cut down on your heating costs, such as:
First of all, put more clothes on. When you’re moving around the house, your body will produce heat to help keep you warm. If you’re just lounging on the couch, cuddle up with a blanket.
Lay rugs on cold floors such as tile, hardwood or ceramic. This will help you avoid the shock of a cold floor on your bare feet.
If you are baking or using your oven for any reason, leave the door open just a crack. This will allow heat to escape and move through your home, as well as a warm comforting smell.
Space heaters can help keep the chill out of a room. If you haven’t turned the heat on yet or just want a little extra heat in a room, a space heater is an effective way to save energy and provide additional warmth. Space heaters should never be left unattended. Always read and follow directions to avoid a burn or a house fire.
Think about doors that are not used or can be not used during the heating months. You should make a small investment in silicone, weather stripping and window plastic kits to cover doors and windows. This will keep the drafts from coming in, as well as your heat going out the doors and windows. If your budget won’t allow for such items, use things like blankets and towels for some help.
When you’ve toughed things out as long as you can and it’s time to turn the heat on, keep the temperature on the low side of comfortable. The lower you keep the temperature the less heat, you need to provide. Some people suggest while you’re awake and at home 66 – 68 degrees. When you’re sleeping or away from home, some people suggest 60 – 62 degrees. Of course this is different if you have a infant or an elderly person in your home. Again think about the low side of comfortable for you and your family, that is the temperature that is right for you.
If your household has a consistent schedule, a programmable thermostat is a great investment. This will allow your house to heat up just before you get home or wake up for the day, while keeping the house cooler when you’re away from home or sleeping.
Close vents in rooms your family don’t use regularly, as well as shut vents in rooms you use least. Seal off the attic opening, too. Doing this will save money by not heating places that don’t need to be fully heated.
When trying to cut energy bills and save money, a little common sense will go a long way.