As it gets colder, you’re probably switching your air conditioning settings towards heat and snuggling up for the fall. Before you crank the heat too high, try out some of these tips to keep your heating costs low this fall and winter. Besides keeping some extra money in your pocket, it also helps the planet. So, read on for tips on how to cut those heating costs.
1. Close the gaps
When is the last time you checked if there were any holes, cracks, or crevices in your home? Even if they’re small, these gaps are letting hot air out and cold air in. So, a few times a year, make an effort to inspect your home. You’ll want to check the walls, windows, doors, and fireplaces to see which areas are not fully sealed. While there may be a cost to fix in the short term, you will definitely save money in the long run.
2. Take advantage of the sunshine
The sun may not keep you warm in the winter as it does in the summer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help keep your house warm. During the day, make sure to open up all your blinds and curtains to let the sun’s rays shine in your home. Then, make sure to close them at night to keep some of that warmth inside.
3. Check your heating vents
Do you know where all of the heating vents are in your bedroom? Or furthermore, in your home? If you have large furniture in front of the vents, it may take a lot more air to make you feel warm in your home. So, make sure your furniture allows for proper airflow.
4. Bring on the blankets
While sleeping, most people prefer a colder room. You can save some money by turning the heat low at night and bundling up in extra blankets. You don’t need to turn off the heat completely, especially if you live somewhere bitterly cold, but every bit counts.
5. Cook at home
You probably don’t want to go out in the cold anyway, but lowering your heating bill is another incentive to eat at home. While you’re baking chicken in the oven or boiling soup on the stove, it’ll naturally warm your house. Plus, your whole house will be filled with the wonderful scents of your meal.
6. Close off unused rooms
If there are any spare rooms in your house, like a guest room or an old playroom, make sure you shut the doors when they’re not in use. This lets your heating system work less to keep your living space warm. Just make sure to open the doors to your guest room a day before a visitor comes to stay for the holidays!
7. Lower the thermostat
When you’re headed to work or out to eat, lower the thermostat a few degrees. However, don’t turn it off completely. By lowering the temperature a few degrees, you can save a bit of money. If you turn it off completely, then your heating unit will have to work harder to turn back on.
8. Turn on the ceiling fan
When you turn the ceiling fan on low, you can help keep the warm air closer to the ground. Warm air rises, so you can push it back down with a ceiling fan ran in reverse.