Heating costs take up a significant portion of our energy bills each month. In fact, heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption. There are ways to cut heating bill costs while still staying warm.
Insulate! Put your curtains to good use. Natural light and heat are emitted from the sun. Better yet, it’s free! During the daytime when there is sunlight, open up your curtains and let the sun in. Replace thin curtains with heavier wool or fleece drapes in the winter. At night, shut the curtains and this provides an extra layer of insulation. This coincides with the concept of insulation. There are types of sheets for your bed such as flannel that will make it warmer. Use extra blankets on your bed. Keep warm throw blankets on the couch. Use rugs on hardwood floors provide extra layers of insulation. Rugs and carpets keep heat from escaping through your floorboards. They’re also warmer to walk on than hardwood or tile floors. You can also apply caulk to seal off air leaks around windows. Caulk only costs a few dollars and can add up to major savings on your energy bill.
Annual furnace tune-ups. Yearly furnace checkups and repairs could save you up to 30% on your overall energy bill. Maintenance of furnace units could involve replacing and cleaning filters, which ensures that your unit’s efficiency is maximized. Properly functioning furnaces reduce the energy used to warm your home, resulting in lower energy bills. Regular maintenance on units can also prevent the need to have major repairs or replacements of entire units which can be costly and untimely. Invest in a cost-effective maintenance plan to avoid emergency breaks due to neglected systems.
Rearrange your furniture. A few changes in your furniture setup can also help you save big on your heating bills. Some tips include: arranging sofa sets and chairs closer to the fireplace and away from windows or doors. Place a rug in the living room for added warmth and coziness. Don’t place a sofa or couch near radiators as these type of furniture tend to absorb heat. Move your bed if it is directly against an exterior wall. You’ll be warmer if you leave a little space. These simple tricks can make your space noticeably warmer.
Often times, staying warm begins with ourselves because it’s easier to change your body temperature than room temperature. Take hot baths or steamy showers to bring up your own body temperature. Don’t forget to leave the door open while you shower so that it lets warm, steamy air travel through the rest of your house. Hot teas and warm socks, long sleeves and cozy PJs all help with keeping you warm without cranking up your heating bill. Dress for warmth. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing. Wear multiple layers; slap a pair of slippers on your feet, and add a hat to complete your “stay warm” ensemble. Bundle up!