One of the biggest drains on finances during the winter is the cost of heating your house. Poor insulation, drafty windows or doors, and leaving the heat on while you travel are all ways to run up your electricity bill. Here are a few tips for staying warm without having to crank up the thermostat:
- Use the sun. Open your blinds and curtains in the day to allow the sun into your home, and close them again at night to make it harder for heat to escape. There are also certain window treatments that will magnify the heat coming into your home.
- Use alternative heat sources. If you have a gas or wood burning fireplace, keep a steady flame to heat your home. You can also buy space heaters to warm up a room. However, both fireplaces and space heaters should be extinguished at night or when leaving the home to prevent unsupervised fires that could lead to an accident.
- Block drafts. Put towels or blankets around your windows and doors to prevent any cold air from leaking in through cracks in the seals. Check your fireplace too, and block cold air from coming in through the bottom.
- Lower the thermostat. The closer the temperature inside your home is to the temperature outside, the less money you will spend running the thermostat. Set the thermostat a few degrees lower and compensate by wearing warmer clothes inside to save a few dollars every month.