How to Save Money on Heating This Winter
Heating during the winter can be a family’s biggest expense. Yet no one wants to go cold, particularly when the temperatures approach freezing. Good news – there are some easy ways to save money on heating this winter and still stay warm.
#1 Add a blanket to your bedtime – At night, there’s no reason to keep the thermostat set to seventy degrees. Lower your thermostat to somewhere between sixty and sixty five and add another blanket to your bed. You’ll sleep better in the colder temperatures and you’ll save money on heating.
#2 Use the sun – Open the curtains on the south side of your home. The sun’s rays, even during the weak winter hours when the sun is furthest from Earth, will help warm your home by a few degrees. This is particularly effective if your home faces the south and you have a lot of windows. You can warm your home by ten to twenty degrees. However, even if you only have a few south-facing windows, open the curtains and let the sun do some work.
#3 Thermal curtains and window treatments – There’s often a lot of heat loss through windows and doors. Thermal-backed curtains and insulated window treatments can help. They work by keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
#4 Check for draughts around your windows and doors – It may not be in the budget to replace your draughty doors and windows. If you can, by all means do so. You’ll save hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars over the life of the window. However, if it’s not in the budget, check for draughts around your windows and doors and seal them. You can use the heat shrink winterizing plastic covers on your windows. If the draught is from the window casing, you can also caulk the space.
#5 Check the insulation in your home. Too much insulation pushes the heat out your windows. If your windows often have a lot of moisture on them during the winter, this may be the case. Too little insulation allows the heat to escape through your roof. If the snow melts on your roof quickly, this may be the case.
Finally, take a look at your thermostat. Do you normally keep it at seventy to seventy-five degrees during the winter? If so, turn it down a few degrees. You likely won’t notice the difference in temperature but you’ll be sure to notice the difference in your heating bill.