In many areas of the world, temperatures are dropping as we enter the holiday season. Whether you have gas, electric, propane,butane, or another form of heat, it can cost a pretty penny to keep the home warm during the winter. Here are some tips for saving money on heating costs without freezing the holiday guests!
You will need:
- Programmable thermostat
- Caulk for windows and doors
- Plastic covering for windows
- Warm clothing
- Flannel sheets
- Warm blankets
Step 1: Turn down the heat. The consensus is that for each one degree you lower the thermostat, you save between one and three percent on the home heating bills. Keep the house cooler during the day if no one is home, turning up the temperature after school and work. Some experts recommend keeping the home at no more than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Install a programmable thermostat so you do not forget to turn down the heat at night or prior to leaving the home.
Step 3: Keep the furnace filter clean because this ensures optimal performance. Reusable furnace filters save money and are easily cleaned using only water.
Step 4: Keep the outside doors closed, especially when visitors come to call. All of that opening and closing of doors can let in quite a draft, so keep doors closed as much as possible.
Step 5: Seal the windows and doors using caulk around the trim areas. This eliminates gaps where drafts can enter, causing the temperature inside to drop.
Step 6: Seal drafty windows using plastic covering. You can buy this in a kit or purchase the type that can be taped to the window and then shrunk using a blow dryer. Buying this at the end of the season for the next year should save money because the product is often placed on sale.
Step 7: Dress warmly and place layers of covers on the beds. Wear flannel and long underwear and use flannel sheets and warm blankets on the bed.