7 ways to save on your energy bills this winter
In honor of winter's official arrival, here are some tips that can help anyone, whether they rent or own their home, save on their heating bills.
I am not suggesting starting a round of the thermostat wars, but consider lowering the thermostat a degree or two. According to the Consumer Energy Center, you can save 5% on heating for every degree you lower your heat in the 60-70 degree range. Throw on an extra layer, put on a thick pair of socks and keep extra blankets around. If you have rooms in your house you don't regularly use, close of the vents (as long as there isn't piping that can freeze.) Make sure that nothing is blocking your vents so that the hot air makes it out into the room.
Use Mother Nature to Your Advantage
Open curtain and blinds on south facing windows during the day and close them elsewhere. The sun coming in from the south will warm those rooms up, giving your furnace a break. Remember to close them when the sun goes down to help insulate the rooms. If you're able to, buy thick heavy drapes to help insulate!
You're already going to make dinner (probably) so use your oven! When you cook at home you save money by not eating out, but the oven will help warm you up, too. It's best if you heat up the oven once and cook twice (or more)-so make a dessert! After you turn off the over, leave it open a bit so the extra warmth seeps out into the house (but make sure it's turned off!)
Feng Shui for Warmth
Arrange your furniture along interior walls, especially if your windows are drafty. It will make you feel warmer. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but get really chilly in the winter. Use floor rugs to help keep the cold off your feet. If you have ceiling fans run them in reverse. They will push the warm air back down where you can feel it.
Say No to Drafts
Even if you don't own your home, there are some simple and frugal solutions to drafty doors and windows. Draft excluders at the base of doors and windows can help keep cold air from entering your home; they can be made with old pairs of pantyhose and socks or socks filled with rice.
Turn down the thermostat and invite some friends over. Make the main dish (in the oven!) and ask your friends to supply the sides. The extra bodies will create more body heat and heat up your house naturally. Not up for a party every night? Then have everyone in the house hang out in the same room. You can get some pretty efficient room heaters, run it in one room and enjoy some quality time together.
Grab a Water Bottle
I think that running the heat at night is the biggest waste. You are paying to fill the entire house with heat when everyone is in bed under a bunch of covers. Count me out! There is the small problem of jumping into a cold bed, however. An hour before bed set your thermostat down low and fill a hot water bottle with near-boiling water. The old-timey rubber ones work the best, but any will do as long as they are sealed properly. Put it under your blankets, and by the time you're ready to get in bed the bottle will have radiated enough heat to warm the bed up.
Have you done any of these before? How do you save on energy bills in the winter?
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