Everyone is getting ready to welcome a chilling winter this year and making arrangements to warm up their comfortable homes. Although there is some good news for heating bills compared to last year, there is still a lot you can do to increase your savings even more. Many of the steps you can take do not even cost a penny. They just need your common sense. If you are looking to save big this winter, following is the list of some small steps for you to take.
1. Inspect your house:
The first step you need to take is to conduct a thorough search and inspection of your house. What are you looking for? You are looking for faulty windows, any cracks or gaps within the exterior doors or any other fault that can cause cold air from outside to rush in and allow the precious heat to escape, along with money in your wallet. If you find any such faults, mend them instantly. Spread rugs on wooden and tiled floorings. Attach a sweep at the door bottoms to keep the cold air from coming in. Easily available at hardware stores, they are made of flexible plastic, easy to install and prove to be quite handy.
2. Inspect yourself:
Running around in shorts and a tank-top, even when you are inside, is never a good idea. It is winter and it is cold, so please do not strip yourself if you do not want your money to stripped away from you. Put on some comfortable warm clothing. Wear a warm and comfy blanket while watching TV. You will require less heat from the heater when your clothes will be doing the job for you.
3. Keep control over the Thermostat:
Don’t let the thermostat run amok. Keep it under your control. Lowering it down to 60 when you are out at work and when you decide to climb up in your comfy bed with a warm blanket over you. These 16 hours a day of lesser thermostat can save you a lot. Do this manually without even spending a dime or spend a few bucks on a programmable thermostat. Neither is a bad idea.
4. The haunted attic:
The attic is not only haunting to little kids, but it is also a nightmare for your savings. Block the entrance to your attic using anything you can find; old curtains, old blankets, old shirts or even plastic bags. You will be surprised at the amount of heat your attic sucks in as heat always rises and it usually escape through attics.
5. Leave some rooms:
Are there any rooms in your house which you can easily abandon during winters? Do that. Block their entrance and stop using them throughout the winters. Also block their vents. Why spend money on heating the rooms that you seldom use?
6. Utilise your appliances:
This is my personal favourite. After baking, leave the hatch of the oven slightly open. Why leave the heat inside? Let it out and let it warm your house. Same goes for stoves, leave them on for a little while after you are done with cooking. Utilise your water-heater properly and insulate it if it is more than 5-years old or is placed in an unheated location. Keep it below 125 degrees as it saves money and provides water that is pleasing and comfortable.
Following these half-a-dozen steps will barely cost you anything, but will save a large amount for you in the long term. These simple steps do not require you to be tech savvy or a super-genius. It just requires your common sense to be used properly. Happy winter, full of hot chocolate!
Kate Dawson is a freelance journalist who is committed to staying warm and energy efficient over the winter months, whist also saving money! She blogs for Alert Electrical who provide a great, energy friendly electric heater and electric panel heater range.