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I enjoy the fall, especially the harvest time.
But the weather turns colder. Soon, winter follows, and rising energy costs can bring an expensive winter unless you take action to reduce heating costs.
Your busy schedule can delay thinking about this. It may feel like an extra task to reset the thermostat or unplug devices you are not using. But when you pay attention to small things, you can increase the energy efficiency of your home.
I’ll show you how to save money and stay warm.
More money in your pocket means more freedom to do what you love.
Simple but true.
The heat from the sun can be the first temperature control method in your residence.
Use the sunlight from the windows during cold days to bring free heat into your home.
Pull the blinds down at night to keep the heat inside. In doing so, you add some insulation to the windows and reduce heat loss.
Vent fans remove steamy air from the bathroom as you’re enjoying a shower.
How about leaving the bathroom door open while taking a shower?
Hot, humid air keeps your home warm.
Vent fans also take away hot air from your kitchen. At the same time, they are emptying your wallet. Think about it.
Instead of adjusting your thermostat, find your favorite blanket, and a cozy sweater.
You can enjoy both with a hot cup of tea.
Take out the socks you got for last Christmas. It’s essential to keep your feet warm. Also, add throw blankets to your couches and chairs.
Thick area rugs help insulate the floor.
Clean filters allow more effective airflow through your heating system. Change your air filter whenever it gets dirty.
Air can then more efficiently flow through the vents into all rooms, and you can also extend the life of your furnace.
You can save money on heating bills if you turn the temperature down by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours.
After you do this, get soft flannel sheets and a matching soft comforter for your bed.
Stay warm and sleep well by turning down your home temperature at night. At the same time, you will slow down your spending.
Moisture can lower heating bills, but we tend not to think about it.
Moist air holds heat better and feels warmer.
Therefore, a humidifier can make you comfortable when your thermostat is turned down. Most home improvement stores sell them.
House plants can also add humidity while making your home look more attractive.
Homeowners waste money each year as heat departs houses due to poor insulation.
To avoid this, you can get inexpensive insulation from home improvement stores.
Also, check Craigslist for insulation and other building supplies. New fiberglass batts sell for 20% to 30% less than in stores.
You may also find water heater insulation, foam pipe insulation, shrink film for windows, and caulk at prices about 50% off.
Find and fill up the gaps where heat might escape. Start by checking doors and windows. Insulation can also be tax-deductible.
Most of the suggestions above are inexpensive and reduce energy usage, which will be beneficial for the environment.
Also, some utility companies allow you to change your energy supplier to lower costs.
With sensible changes, it’s more than possible to cut heating bills, while also contributing to a more sustainable future.
Take the first step. It’s easier than you think.
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