Collaboration with Dynasty Partners Winter is not only cold, but also the most expensive time of the year for homeowners. Heating costs go up, but if you aren’t prepared, your money will also go up and out the window. However, winter doesn’t always have to translate to high heating bills, not when there are several…
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Winter is not only cold, but also the most expensive time of the year for homeowners. Heating costs go up, but if you aren’t prepared, your money will also go up and out the window.
However, winter doesn’t always have to translate to high heating bills, not when there are several ways to save. You can avoid putting your wallet through the ringer by following these money saving tips!
- Turn down the thermostat
The first thing you need to do is to seal up any cracks or vents and improve your insulation. A main contributor to leakage is old windows, invest an afternoon insulating those drafty windows (see tip number 2). Then use a programmable thermostat to adjust your room’s temperatures at a predetermined time.
You can turn down your thermostat by a few degrees. If you feel cold, add an extra layer. Try to heat the rooms that you spend the most time in. Skipping the spare bedroom or the basement, can save you a couple bucks every month.
Every time you leave the house or are asleep, remember to turn the heat down. This will save you about 5-20% of your heating costs.
The U.S Department of Energy reports that by turning down your thermostat between 10 and 15 degrees for about 8 hours can save you 10% of your heating costs annually.
- Seal your doors and windows
You would be surprised to hear that much of the heat from a house is lost through windows and doors. Consider insulating these areas with rubber weather sealing or window insulation film. Apply plastic film on both your doors and windows or use window kits. The plastic film is simple to do and easy to remove.
A less time consuming trick that works well is closing your curtains. Curtains act as a barrier to keep the cold on the outside and prevent warm air from escaping to the outside. You can even buy insulated curtains to keep out drafts.
- Bundle up and add a blanket to your bed
Just because your thermostat is on, doesn’t mean you should walk around with clothing suited for the beach. If you are looking to save on your heating bills, dress up for the weather. Instead of turning your thermostat on at the highest temperature, find a warm, cozy winter sweater and socks. Throw a comfy warm blanket on the couch and cuddle up while relaxing.
- Use a space heater wisely
A space heater shouldn’t be used to heat all the rooms in your house, but strategically placed in the common or high-trafficked rooms it can save you money.
With a space heater, you can turn the heat down by a few degrees and use it to provide warmth. When the heater is used to complement your home heating system in a room where everyone is in, the furnace also consumes less energy.
Make it a routine to clean or replace your furnace filters. Clean filters allow for better circulation of air which in turn, reduce your energy usage. Keeping your furnace clean and intentionally positioned gives you more control over your ventilation and help you save up to 5% of the heating costs.
- Fill up all your home’s holes
Find cavities in your home’s exterior and interior walls, windows, doors, basement, and roof and close them. These cracks and holes that may seem insignificant, but they account for about 25% of the heat lost from your home.
Put some old rags on the floor and cover up the attic entry with old blankets, plastic film or anything that might prevent warm air from escaping through the roof.
Look for leaks in places where you have electrical pipes, water pipes, vents, beneath the sink and seal up any gaps you find. You can use fiberglass insulation on the roof and silicone to fill cracks on the windows and doors.
Additionally, close vents that lead to rooms like the guestrooms that are not regularly used. Make sure to close the doors, and by doing so; you can cut off energy consumption therefore saving you money!
Author Bio – Elizabeth is on the content team for Dynasty Properties. She enjoys finding ways to save money and spending time with her family. Her husband and two children like to ski, hike, and travel in their free time.