Do you cringe at the thought of winter coming along, and bringing with it some high utility bills? If you don’t stay warm, you can’t be productive. If you stay warm, you might not be able to make the bills. Here are some tips on how you can stay warm while saving.
- Get Down To Basics
If you want to save money on your energy then the best thing to do is to look at your current provider and change to a cheaper one to save money on energy bills
- Hot Decorations
You can’t go wrong with a flannel blanket on the bed, and a nice carpet on the floor. You can also invest in insulated curtains as well as a few warm blankets for couches and sofas.
- Passive Solar
This is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home, and all it requires is to open up the curtains. You want to let as much sun as possible come through, and when it goes down, close those curtains to keep the heat inside.
- Pay Attention To Kitchen And Bathroom Fan Use
While kitchen and bathroom can sometimes serve a valuable purpose, remember that they suck out hot air as well.
- Furnace/Heat Pump Maintenance
A little maintenance won’t hurt, especially when it comes to cleaning the filter of your heat pump. In fact, when it gets dirty, it starts to eat into your electric bill.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans
Seeing as hot air will be found near the ceiling, why don’t you set the ceiling fan to reverse? This will bring the hot air back down to you.
- Adjusting The Thermostat
You can always save a significant amount by making appropriate adjustments to the thermostat. When you won’t be around, or you are going to bed, turn it down a bit. Or, you can use a timer to help remind you.
- Consider An Energy Audit
Ask your local energy auditor to inspect your house. Maybe they can provide you with some suggestions on how to make it more efficient.
- Insulate Like Crazy
No less than 20% of the heat in your house will escape through little holes and cracks. Avoid this by insulating every draft you can find, even the small ones.
- Give Space To Vents
When you have heating vents running, don’t keep furniture in front of them. They are blocking the heat and preventing it from spreading properly.