With the winter as cold as ever we tend to get warm feeling for the holidays, but in many cases that leads to us wanting to be feeling warm as well. Though with heating costs being up to 48% of your bill in the winter we should be inclined to find better ways to keep Jack Frost from nipping at out noses. But that’s what these tips are all about.
Tips to Save Money and Keep Warm this Winter
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
There is a myth that likes to circulate around the internet, that heating your house and keeping it constant saves more money than just turning it up when you need it.
As it turns out, this is simply not true. If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few hours, then it is actually significantly cheaper to turn it down while you are away.
Another myth is that you heating and cooling system will heat or cool the house faster if you set it higher than the desired temperature. Though once again, this simply isn’t true. Your thermostat works more like light switch than a car. You don’t throttle it up to get it to a temperature quickly, instead it simply turns on and off, at its full power every time.
What this means is that your house will reach the same temperature in the same amount of time, whether you crank it up or not. Because of this, you risk over heating your house, which is only going to cost you money.
2. Get an Automatic Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are fairly cheap, and they are amazing at saving you money. You just set them up once, and while you are away from home they automatically drop the temperature while you are away. You can also set these to heat the house about 15 minutes before you get home, so you don’t have to worry about it being frosty when you get insides after a long day’s work.
3. Use the Sun
The sun is an amazing source of heat, and in the winter it can cut a lot of energy out of your power bill. All you have to do is open the blinds to reap the benefits. Although, at night windows leak a lot of heat into the cold outside. So make sure to close them back up when it’s time to settle down for the day.
4. Seal the Gaps
You would be surprised just how many holes there are in your house. And those holes let a lot of heat escape. If you really want to cut down on you heating bill, then invest in some weather stripping. It’s a very cheap way to get a good seal around windows and doors, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
5. Close Off Rooms You Don’t Use
Do you have a guest bedroom and no guests? If the answer is yes, then there’s no reason to be heating it. Close off the vents in that room, and let it get a little colder, it’ll save you quite the pretty penny when the power bill rolls around.
6. Bust Out the Blankets
This might not be the most popular advice, but if you are willing to deal with it being colder in your house then you obviously won’t have to pay as much.
Breaking out long pants, blankets, and a coat while letting the temperature inside drop 15 degrees can drastically cut your heating bill.
And even if you don’t want to do that while you are awake, then doing it just while you sleep is a good option. Think about this, for eight hours, while you are snugly covered under a blanket anyway, your heater can be given a good rest. And if you got a programable thermostat too you can have it heat the house right before you have to get up. If you do it right, the only difference you should notice is a fatter wallet.
For more tips to save you can take a look at our other article: How to save money