Cheap and Easy Ways to Keep Warm This Winter

 

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Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. The average U.S. household spends close to $1,000 during the winter months to heat their homes.

If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 

 
Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 


Dress warmly

When you feel cold, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat. Instead, put on a sweater and socks, and wrap up in a blanket. Then, lower your thermostat a degree or two. For each degree you lower your thermostat, you could save up to 3% on your energy bill.

With the extra layers, I bet you won’t notice the difference. But you'll notice a decrease in your heating bill.

We keep our heat set at 70 while we’re home and awake. We rarely ever feel chilly because we’re wearing layers and using blankets.

Put an extra blanket on your bed

When it’s colder outside at night, keeping your thermostat set too high can force it to work extra hard. Which means higher bills. But you don’t want to be cold while you’re sleeping.

Try putting an extra blanket on your bed at night. This will allow you to turn your thermostat down a couple degrees but still stay warm.

 
 
Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 

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Use a programmable thermostat

Nothing is worse than coming home or waking up to a cold house. When this happens, you tend to crank up the heat. The energy spent as a result will result in higher bills.

Instead, use a programmable thermostat. You can set it to turn the heat up before you come home or wake up. Then, you’ll come home to a toasty house. And you can tell it when to turn the heat down, so you don’t forget to do so before bed or when you leave the house.

You can also use a smart thermostat, such as Nest or Ecobee, to utilize smart technology that will help you stay warm on a budget.

Hang curtains

Windows in your home can be a huge source of heat loss. One way to combat that heat loss is to hang curtains over your windows. Curtains help keep the cold out and the heat inside.

Open curtains on sunny days

The sun is a free source of heat that you can utilize to heat your home. By keeping your curtains open on sunny days, the sun will heat your house and your heating system will come on less often.

 
 
Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 

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Seal leaks around doors and windows

I already mentioned that windows can be a huge source of heat loss. Well, so are doors. Hot air from inside leaks out and cold air from inside leaks in.

Plugging leaks around doors and windows is an easy and inexpensive way to save on heating costs. You can use caulk around windows and weather stripping around doors. And you can place a doorsweep at the bottom of your doors to stop drafts.

Insulate outlets and switches

Outlets and switches are also prone to drafts. An easy fix is to install outlet insulators to each of your outlets and switches. These foam pads are placed behind the cover plate. And they block any drafts, helping to keep the room warmer.

We put these in all of our outlets and switches and it really helped block out the drafts.

Close the damper in your fireplace

Fireplaces are a great source of heat in the winter. But, if you leave the damper open when you’re not using it, a lot of heat loss will occur. So, make sure to close the damper when you’re not using the fireplace.

 
 
Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 

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Put rugs on your floors

If you’ve ever walked on non-carpeted floor in the winter, you know the floor can be quite chilly. That is because heat loss can occur through your floor. Try putting area rugs on the floors without carpet. This will help make your rooms feel warmer.

Make sure heat sources aren’t blocked

The warm air put out by your heating unit needs to be able to circulate throughout the room. Otherwise, this warm air won’t reach the whole room and will make it feel colder.

Go from room to room and make sure there is nothing blocking your heat vents, baseboards, radiators, etc. Move any furniture out of the away to give the air plenty of room to circulate.

Use your oven

Using your oven in the winter time is a great way help heat your house. As you cook or bake, the heat from the oven will spread into other rooms. (And who doesn’t need another reason to bake some cookies!?!)

And, don’t forget to leave the oven door open after you finish baking so that the heat inside will spread. (Just don’t forget to turn the oven off. :-))

 
 
Winter is upon us. And that means higher heating costs. If you’re trying to keep your heating costs down this winter, here are some tips on how to keep warm on a budget.
 

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Keep the door open while taking a shower

When you take a shower, a lot of heat and steam is produced. Instead of letting it go out through the bathroom fan, keep the bathroom door open and let it go out into the rest of the house. Just like your oven, the heat and humidity will spread into other rooms, making them warmer.

Turn off bathroom and kitchen fans

If you use the bathroom or kitchen fans during the winter, make sure to turn them off right away. Those fans allow all the heat to escape, making it feel colder.

Reverse your ceiling fan

Remember your science teacher telling you that hot air rises? Well, when you reverse your ceiling fan, the fan will pull the cold air up towards the ceiling. This will then push the warmer air back down towards the ground. By simply pushing a switch on your fan, you will feel warmer.

Your Turn

What’s your favorite way to stay warm on a budget in the winter?