Temperatures are dropping and winter is closing in fast. Here are some quick tips from the experts at John A. Kinkaid Heating & Air Conditioning on how to stay warm while saving money this winter.
1. Break out the storm windows
Storm windows are especially important for older homes that may not have properly insulated windows. A lot of heat can seep out through the cracks around old windows. A set of quality storm windows will help you cut down on that heating bill while staying toasty warm.
2. Turn on the ceiling fan
Most people know to turn on the fan during the summer. But did you know that the fan can also help during the winter? Hot air will rise, collecting at the top of the room. Reversing the fan pushes that hot air down, providing better circulation and keeping you and your family much warmer.
3. Before you turn up the heat, consider putting on some extra layers
Too many times we get in the habit of just cranking up the heat when we get cold. But before you start turning up the heat this winter, consider putting on a sweater and a pair of wool socks. You’d be surprised how much a little extra warm clothing can shave off your heating bill this winter.
4. Close off unused areas
Not using the guest bedroom? What about that attic? Or the basement? Close it off. There is no point in paying to heat parts of the house that aren’t even being used. Close the doors and stuff some old rags in the cracks under the doors to prevent the heat from the rest of the house from leaching out through unused rooms.
5. Take advantage of the sunlight
You don’t have to have solar panels or fancy equipment to take advantage of solar energy. You can use passive solar energy to help heat your house by opening all of your curtains and drapes during the day, then closing them at night to preserve the heat that was collected. It is a simple, but efficient way to shave a little bit more off that energy bill.
6. Cook up some heat
Do you love to cook? Turn down the heat in the kitchen when you’re cooking. The stove and oven will often give off enough heat to make up the difference. Every little bit you can save helps.
7. Don’t leave the heat on when you’re gone
Why would you pay to heat an empty house? Turn the heat down while you’re at work. If you have a pet who might get cold, only keep the heat turned up in one room.