In much of America, the days are getting shorter and temperatures are beginning to drop. That’s right, Fall is approaching fast. Before you know it, you’ll be waking up for work in the dark and driving home in the dark. You will have to break out the sweaters and wrap each night up with a cup of hot chocolate. Personally, Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Leaves change and the world gets more cozy. For many, the long summer of high electric bills is coming to a merciful close. Unfortunately, too many times, Fall and then Winter can be costly as well. Heating costs can send electric and gas bills skyrocketing. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help avoid spending all your money to keep warm. Consider these helpful hints:
Install a programmable thermostat and keep it set to appropriate temperatures. The single greatest thing you can do to save money during the cold months of the year is to regulate your home thermostat. Experts agree that during winter, you should set the thermostat at 70 degrees when you are awake and at home and 62 degrees at night while you are sleeping. Not only will this save money, it will provide the perfect temperature for getting a good night’s sleep. By purchasing a programmable thermostat, you can simply set it according to your schedule and forget about it. The savings it will create will easily pay for it in the long run.
Use a space heater to only heat the rooms you are using. Warming up the entire house can be quite costly. If you or your family only occupies one room for long stretches at a time, use a space heater to warm things up rather than turning up that thermostat. This will save you money and create a cozier environment.
Before the cold sets in, check the seals on your windows and doors. It’s amazing how much a few pennies in weather stripping can save you in the long run. If your windows or doors are drafty it will cost you big time. Before it gets too cold, check your house for air leaks and fix them accordingly. Even a simple towel placed by the threshold of a door can prevent plenty of costly warm air from escaping. One way to find these leaks is to light an incense stick and move it all around the window or door frame, the smoke will dance where there is a gap.
Avoid turning on your heat for as long as possible. It can be quite temping to run to the thermostat as soon as the thermometer begins to drop, but you can save big bucks by avoiding that temptation as long as possible. Try no cost alternatives for keeping warm such as wearing more layers while at home. A basket of blankets near the couch will encourage you to throw one on rather than crank the heat. Whip out that leopard print Snuggie! In addition to keeping warm, wearing soft sweaters and using warm blankets will make your home more cozy and inviting.
Drink something warm. Sometimes a simple cup of hot chocolate or tea is all you need to warm up. Not only is it cheaper to sip in your heat, its tastier too.
How do you keep warm as things begin to cool down? Any other tips for saving pennies while keeping snug?