Heating your home all winter long or too much can add up — fast. But it’s also a necessary part of surviving the through the end of March. So to keep your heating bill in check while staying cozy and warm, try these clever ideas:
1. Close up any cracks in your window frame.
Cracks in your window frame can allow heat to escape and chilly winds to come in. Rachel Rothman, technical and engineering director at the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends using a flashlight or candle to check for drafts. At night, just have someone stand on the other side of your light source and if you can see it, you should caulk the area to seal the crack.
3. Invest in the best blankets.
Make sure your bedding is up to par and that you invest in good blankets. An electric blanket always does the trick, too – as long as you use it safely.
4. Make your curtains work harder.
When the sun is out keep shades open to allow shine and heat onto the glass. This will create a slight warming effect in your home. At night time close them to add extra insulation against the cold.
5. Use draft stoppers on your doors.
Door stoppers can keep cold air from keeping in under your door. You an even do it on your own.
6. Cover your floors with rugs.
Use rugs made of fabric that offers insulation, like wool, to help trap the heat inside. Plus, rugs feel nice and cozy on your feet.
7. Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable devices help you heat your home more efficiently by lowering the temp just a few degrees when you’re not home.
For more ideas, read our recent article “How to Build an Emergency Fund.”
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