We are halfway through fall, and the temperatures are already dropping. While you may instinctively want to turn the thermostat up, reconsider. Upping the thermostat will give you a toasty feeling, but it will also increase your bills through the winter months. There are various ways you can stay warm this winter without breaking the bank.
Check your home’s insulation. Proper insulation will keep your home warm.
Weatherize your doors and windows to ensure no warm air is escaping. Be sure to weather strip any doors or windows you find particularly drafty.
Keep your thermostat at a lower temperature when you’re not home. When you set it at a lower temperature, your home uses less energy than it would at a higher temperature. Additionally, dramatically raising or lowering the thermostat doesn’t affect how quickly it will heat or cool your home. You have to consider the outside conditions, your HVAC system and your home’s insulation.
Choose your curtains wisely. Plain curtains help reduce heat loss. Thicker curtains that hang close to the window can further help reduce heat loss. During the day when it’s sunny, opening your curtains to let the light in can help warm up rooms.
Cook at home. Using your oven to prepare a meal saves money, and provides warmth while doing so.
When in doubt a hearty soup, or a nice mug of hot chocolate, tea or coffee doesn’t hurt.
Follow some of these practical tips to stay warm until spring returns!