Where I live, keeping the house warm in the winter is not a difficult task, mostly because Texas rarely sees temperatures below 40 degrees. In fact, I often still have to use the air conditioner throughout the winter! I use the winter season to save on energy costs that skyrocket in the summer.
Even though I don’t see price hikes in the winter, the same principles for keeping your home cool in the summer apply in the winter. If you live in a cold area, use these handy home preparation tips to save up to 20 percent on your home’s heating costs this winter:
Layer It Up!
Rather than tuning your heater up to a temperature where you feel comfortable in short sleeves, simply add some extra layers on your body. Wear two shirts, or try wearing a hat or socks indoors. You may be surprised how much warmer you feel just by covering up your head and feet.
Block Drafts From Windows and Doors
A large portion of your home’s heat energy can escape through drafty doors and windows. If you can feel any cold air near a doorway or window, then it has a leak. Seal the leaks with weather stripping or caulk to button up your home against the cold.
Let The Sun Shine In
The sun can be your friend in the winter, so open your curtains during the day to allow sunlight to stream in. This will naturally warm your house, and you will not have to rely on your heater as much. Then, close the curtains at night to insulate the windows from the colder nighttime temperatures.
Use Fans Wisely
Ceiling fans can help circulate the air in your home in the winter. Place the fans on low and switch overhead fans to rotate so they blow the warm air air downwards. This will help circulate the warm air inside each room to maximize the efficiency of the heat generated by your heating system. When you run exhaust fans, try to turn them off as soon as possible. Exhaust fans quickly pull any warm air inside your home outdoors.
Keeping a Warm Home
If you still want to try additional money-saving methods for winter heating savings, you can hire a professional to inspect and repair your ductwork. Sealing ductwork and adding insulation to the ductwork can prevent a huge amount of heating loss in your home. You can also add extra insulation to the walls or attic in your home for additional protection.
A programmable thermostat takes the uncertainly out of temperature regulation. You can set the temperature 10 degrees cooler at night and while you’re away from home to provide up to 10 percent savings on your energy bills each month.
Reduce the Chill of High Heating Bills!
With a little investment and thoughtfulness, you can save quite a bit of money on your heating bills throughout the winter. Most of these steps are simple and inexpensive, but preparing for winter can provide great rewards when it comes to paying for keeping your home warm. And what’s a prepper, if not always prepared?
What steps does your family take to prepare for heating costs in the winter?