Midwest Deep Freeze: How to Save Money on Heating Bills
The cold and chilly air may be too much for you to handle when you’re outdoors. Save yourself from further misery when it comes to your heating bills. To save on energy costs, you need to be aware of your energy consumption and learn how to control it. Whether your thermostat is warming your home during the winter season or cooling it in the summer, you can save money on heating costs by following these helpful tips.
- Wear weather-appropriate clothing. You may be running to your thermostat at the first sign of a drop in temperature. The most energy-efficient and easiest thing that you can do when you are experiencing extreme heat or cold is to wear appropriate clothes. If you dress lightly in cold weather, you may only be inclined to turn up the heat on your thermostat. It is more practical to bundle up inside the home with woolen clothes to keep your body warm.
- Insulate your home. Insulating your home can dramatically drop your heating bills. You need to insulate the floor of your attic first to trap the heat absorbed by the roof and the ceiling. You can also ensure adequate ventilation by having an exhaust fan installed in one of the attic windows. Insulation can keep the warm air inside your home for circulation.
- Turn down the thermostat. This is often the simplest way to save on heating bills when there is a drop in temperature caused by increment weather. During the winter months, you only need to keep your thermostat to at least 68 to 72 degrees. You can lower the temperature when you get ready for bed. Use another blanket for extra warmth while sleeping. If you are using a furnace for heat, you must change the filters and have it checked regularly as proper maintenance.
- Heat with fireplace inserts or wood-burning stoves. Firewood is less expensive than the heating bill from the thermostat. If there are construction sites in your area, check if there are builders willing to let you have the scraps of leftover wood.
- Use cotton flannel bed sheets. Cotton flannel sheets will keep you warm and cozy on your bed during the winter. The same goes for sleep wear. For additional heat, keep a hot water bottle in bed. Make sure the lid is sealed tight. Keep only warm water and not hot to avoid burning yourself.
- Check the weather stripping. Check to ensure that the weather stripping is air tight around doors leading to the outside. Just a little air leak can cause the furnace to keep running in order to maintain the desired temperature in your home.
- Cuddle Up! Cuddle next to a love one while watching your favorite TV show or movie can sure make things more comfortable and keep you from turning up the thermostat.
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