Although most homeowners are relieved that they can reduce their air conditioner usage once the winter arrives, the utility bill can still be high due to the heater. With the snow falling outside and the temperatures dropping, it can feel cozy to bundle up and turn the heater on during the holiday season. To save money on heating this winter and reduce your energy bill, there are a few creative ways to cut the cost and still feel cozy while spending time indoors.
1. Rely on a Fireplace
Instead of spending extra money by using your HVAC system to stay warm, rely on a fireplace to heat the room and reduce the chill in the air.
2. Use Heavy Window Treatments
By installing heavy window treatments in the most common rooms of the home, it will help to insulate the space and prevent heat from escaping through the windows.
3. Bake Meals in the Oven
Kill two birds with one stone by baking dinner in the oven each night for dinner, which will also release heat into the kitchen and surrounding rooms for an easy way to feel cozy while spending time indoors.
4. Add Extra Insulation
To minimize heat transfer that occurs in the attic, blow insulation in the space to control moisture and reduce heat that is lost for an easy way to reduce your energy bill by 20 to 30 percent.
5. Turn on Space Heaters
If only one or two people are home in the winter season, it’s important to rely on portable space heaters to stay warm instead of heating up the whole house.
6. Weatherstrip Windows and Doors
To prevent heat loss, seal windows and doors where leaks may be present and seal any openings where light fixtures or ceiling fans were installed.
7. Open the Blinds
The more sun that is let into your home, the more that each room will increase in temperature. Open the blinds during the mornings for an inexpensive way of heating the space. Close the blinds at dusk to trap the heat.
8. Adjust the Thermostat
When you’re away from the home or sleeping during the night, it’s important to adjust the thermostat by 10 degrees to shed an extra 20 percent off of your energy bill.
9. Add Shag Area Rugs
To warm up the floors and keep more heat in the room, rely on large shag rugs that will offer extra comfort on bare floors.
10. Change the Direction of Ceiling Fan Blades
Changing the direction of your ceiling fan blades can push the heat back down as it rises in the room during the winter season.
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