Warm House Basics: 10 Money Saving Tips to Keep Your House Warm This Winter
If your heating bill is bleeding you dry, it’s time to look for ways to save. Here are some warm house basics: 10 money saving tips to keep your house warm.
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Sure, winter comes along with a whole host of lovely things: holidays, family-time, gorgeous snow–but it can also come along with heat bills big enough to put a real damper on all that good stuff!
It’d be nice if your home stayed warm enough on its own that you could leave the furnace off and save on heating costs, buts that’s usually just not the case. Luckily, there are still some measures you can plan to take to keep a warm house without a staggering heat bill this winter!
For 10 ways you can keep your toes warm and your bank account intact through the winter cold, read on!
1. Don’t Underestimate Drapes
If you’re somebody who’s always opted out of hanging drapes because you prefer the warmth and brightness of natural light, you’re totally right. In the winter, the sun can provide an awesome heat source as it spends all day pouring into your home.
But when night falls, there’s no longer a benefit to leaving the windows exposed to the darkness. There is, however, a pretty huge benefit to closing your windows up with heavy drapes that act as an extra layer of insulation, keeping all that sun-warmed air inside your home!
To save money on heating, hang drapes–at least in the winter. You can open them up as soon as the sun starts to shine, and close them just in time to hold the heat in.
2. Splurge for New Blankets
This tip for cutting down on heating costs is perfect for the home d?cor fiend. Sometimes all a home really needs is an extra blanket or two to take the chill off!
For many people, blankets offer plenty of warmth and coziness, even in an otherwise somewhat-cool house. The key to using this heating alternative is to have lots of blankets around in easy-to-grab places!
Consider purchasing a new blanket for each bedroom and each room commonly used for seating. You’ll be glad you did!
3. Invest in Slippers
See–sometimes the smallest things make all the difference!
Invest in a pair of house slippers for each member of the family. Keep them all by the front door so they’re always ready to be stepped into–tackling that chill in your toes before it spreads anywhere else in your body.
A large portion of your body’s heat is lost through the feet; stop the heat in its path and hold it in with a cozy pair of slippers!
4. Install Timers
One of the major reasons so many heat bills are so high is that people tend to turn on the heat on the first chilly autumn day–and they leave it running until the snow melts in the spring!
Keeping your heat running constantly doesn’t make a lot of sense. If your family is out of the house or fast asleep, there’s no real reason the heat needs to stay on.
Use timers on your central heating unit so your heat automatically kicks on when you actually need it and goes to sleep when you don’t/
5. Rearrange Your Rooms
This may seem like an odd tip at first glance, but bear with us: rearranging the furniture in your home so it avoids vents and radiators is totally necessary if you’re hoping for the heat in your house to circulate properly.
Keep couches, chairs, and clothing out of the path of any heat-emitting area, and keep your ceiling fans rotating counter-clockwise to push the warm air around your home.
It might be worth pushing your furniture so it snuggles around the fireplace–just be sure your arrangement isn’t blocking things up!
6. Target Draughts
It may seem like an annoying sort of chore, but the payoff associated with targeting and sealing draughts in your home tends to be a big one.
Purchase self-adhesive rubber seals for doors and windows, and apply these before winter really sets in. Even if you’re not sure your windows are sources of draughts–trust us. Just seal them.
You can save hundreds of dollars on the season’s heating bill just by sealing up those draughts!
7. Rethink Your Roof
This point may seem a bit more intense than the others, but taking a close look at your roof’s insulation can have a major and long-lasting impact.
Around 25% of your house’s heat is lost through the roof. This number can decrease significantly, however, by taking the time to equip your attic space with 25 centimeters’ worth of fresh insulation.
Adding new insulation may not be a cheap option, but the money you’ll save thereafter on heating is no joke!
8. Re-Up Your Boiler
Although this heat-saving upgrade is another slight investment up-front, it can help you save big time on heating bills over time–more than making up for the cost of its replacement!
If your boiler is over 10 years old, there’s a good chance it’s costing you unnecessary amounts of money in the winter.
A new, more-efficient boiler can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the season, and it offers a great sense of peace of mind all year long.
9. Take Small Steps
Okay, well, not literally. Keep walking like normal. But when it comes to saving money while staying warm this winter, taking small steps to cut back can actually make a big difference!
Studies have shown that reducing the average thermostat temperature on your home by a single degree can help you save over 10% on your total energy bill!
When it comes down to it, can your body really even tell the difference?
10. Get Cooking
One of our favorite, most fiscally-responsible, and yummiest tips for keeping your house warm in the winter? Cooking lots and lots of delicious food!
With this tip, you’re saving money in a lot of ways: by staying in to eat, and by warming your house with the glow from your oven!
Consider cooking a nice, warm meal each night–then shutting off the oven and leaving its door open (without any children or pets in sight, of course!) to spill the leftover warm air into the house while you cozy up in a blanket. Double the value!
Want More Tips on Keeping a Warm House?
There’s nothing cozier than stepping out of chilly winter winds into a nice, warm house–but if your bank account is at stake in doing so, the idea sort of…loses its appeal.
For more tips on how to keep a warm house this winter without breaking the bank, check out our page!