Heating your home during the winter months can take a real toll on your wallet. However, if you follow a few simple tips, you can drastically cut your heating costs, no matter how cold it is outside!
Tip #1: Get a Tune-Up
First things first, you’ll want to get a professional tune-up performed on your furnace. Ideally, you should do this just before winter sets in- before the companies get busy and up their prices! Tune-ups typically include an inspection and general maintenance and are well worth any money you pay upfront since they can enable your furnace to run more efficiently and use less energy, cutting your heating costs dramatically.
Tip #2: Self-Insulate Windows and Glass Doors
Another thing you can do to save money on heating is something that might sound a little crazy but that definitely works! You can “self-insulate” your windows and glass doors with nothing but a sheet of clear plastic film, available at any home goods store. Amazingly, using this film will work to keep heated air inside and to keep cold air outside where it belongs. That extra layer of film acts as a sort of shield or barrier and can keep your home a lot more comfortable.
Tip #3: Only Heat It if You Use It
You can also save money on your heating costs by only heating the rooms that you actually use. If you have rooms, like guest rooms or spare rooms, that no one really goes in, close up the vents in those rooms and only have the heat go to the rooms you’re using. Your home will heat up more quickly and no air (or money!) will be wasted in the process.
Tip #4: Soak Up the Sun
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t doing its job. It’s still the most efficient heater there is, so don’t be afraid to open your blinds and curtains during the warmest part of the day. This will allow sunlight to stream in and warm your home. Just be sure to close the blinds and curtains at night, and you’ll find that your home is naturally a lot warmer and more comfortable without any added cost to you.
Tip #5: Lower Your Heat in the Evening
Another good thing to do is to bump your heat down by about 10 to 15 degrees during the evening hours. You can do it right before you go to sleep and turn it up again when you wake up, or, even better yet, if you work during the day, you can wait to turn it back up until you get home for good. Throw some extra blankets on your bed and dress warmly, and you probably won’t even notice the difference in temperature- though you’ll definitely notice the money you’ll save!
As you can see, it’s not impossible to save money in the winter. You just have to commit yourself to following these tips, and you’ll be rewarded big time!