Keeping your house warm throughout the winter months doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. We’ve gather 12 easy steps for keeping your house warm this winter while saving money on heating bills:
11. Sleep with electric blankets. You can find a quality electric blanket for around $50. According to a test conducted by Good Housekeeping, electric blankets will tack on about 7 cents per night to your monthly energy bill, but you can save up to 2 percent on your electric bill for each degree you lower your thermostat over an 8-hour period.
10. Cook with the oven to heat your home. Crack the oven open after use. Allow the oven’s heat to warm up your kitchen area. Another tip: If you want to save on oven energy use, turn the oven off a few minutes before cook time is up. As long as the oven stays shut, the heat will remain in the oven, continuing to cook your food even when the oven is turned off.
9. Test out your thermostat timing. Turn down the thermostat when you go to bed or while you’re at work. Sometimes leaving the thermostat at a low temperature throughout the day, rather than turning it up and down or on and off, can be more cost effective. Testing it will help you find out what works best for your home.
8. Use space heaters if you set your thermostat low and don’t use every room in your house. If you do decide to keep your thermostat low on a regular basis and need just one room warmer than the others, an energy efficient space heater can do the trick and save you money. Check out these tips on finding the right space heater for your room (Source: Lifehacker). NOTE: It is recommended to leave your thermostat at no less than 55 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing (Source: American Red Cross).
7. Caulk window and door gaps. Caulking is a sample way to trap in heat. PCNpro.com features a list of handymen in your area who can help with caulking quickly, efficiently and affordably.
6. Install weatherstripping and threshold gaskets around doors. Foam tape weatherstripping is one of the more affordable routes to take when it comes to weatherstripping.
5. Leave blinds and curtains on the sunny side of the house open during the day. Allow the warm, natural sunlight into your home!
Shut the blinds or curtains on the shaded side of house. This will add a bit of extra insulation.
4. Make sure your thermostat is working before you come across costly repairs. Have your HVAC installer perform regular maintenance on your HVAC unit and test for any potential problems.
HVAC maintenance is recommended at least once a year. If you need to replace a part, replace it before it leads to further, more expensive damage.
3. Decorate with area rugs. Area rugs can be expensive, but as long as they’re properly taken care of, they can last you a long, long time! A rug will help add a bit of insulation to room with rood flooring or other cold, hard services. Plus, rugs serve as a safe haven for your cold feet!
2. Find companies that offer free energy audits. A lot of energy or insulation companies provide energy audits for free. They’ll inspect your home and offer solutions specifically tailored to your home and your lifestyle. To find energy experts in your area, search PCNpro.com.