When winter arrives the temperatures plummet but the home energy prices rise. This can pose a significant hardship on people living on a fixed income. The coldest months also begin around the holidays so the steeper price of a utility bill can significantly effect a family’s ability to purchase gifts or other necessities for the season. A few simple steps can help reduce monthly energy costs.
1) Move furniture and beds away from exterior walls to give the illusion the room is warmer so you will not need to turn up the thermostat. The exterior walls of the home and the windows naturally feel cold and give on a significantly lower temperature. Having furniture located close causes the people to feel the chill of the cold so moving furniture and beds into the interior of the room will help keep people significantly warmer and less likely to feel the chill.
2) Prune shade trees back so the roof the house is exposed to the sunlight. Even winter time sunlight can help the raise the temperature of the home’s interior.
3) Always keep the damper to the fireplace closed when not in use. An open damper will allow the cold area to come unobstructed down the chimney and into the house.
4) Install glass doors on the fireplace and keep them closed when it is not in use to reduce heat loss.
5) Avoid turning on the bathroom fan. It sucks the warm air out of the house.
6) Seal up all cracks around pipes, windows or vents to reduce heat loss and keep cold drafts out.
7) Install a storm door on the front and back door. They will help to insult the interior door and prevent drafts from occurring.
8) Lower the temperature in the home during the night. If you are called place additional bedding on the bed. Lowering the temperature down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night can significantly help save on a home energy heat bill.
9) Purchase heavy drapes for the windows. Heavy curtains can help prevent heat loss and prevent drafts from occurring.
10) Consider putting plastic over old and drafty windows. Clear plastic kits are readily available at most home improvement stores. They are easy to install and fit virtually any window.
Taking a few small steps can help to significantly reduce most home heating energy costs by a few dollars each month.