Well, we’re at that time of year again where just the thought of stepping outside sounds dreadful, and we all wonder why we haven’t moved somewhere warm.
Winter can also be expensive, especially considering we spend the majority of our time inside under blankets binge-watching TV, and our utility bills are continually adding up from heating the house.
It can be tough staying warm in the winter, after all, how long can you sit under a blanket while also being productive throughout your day?
Thankfully, there is a way for you to reduce the utility bill with a few small changes. Here are seven cheap ways to heat your house this winter.
Get a space heater that is energy efficient
When you heat a whole house, it can get expensive, especially since you are only using a small portion of it.
One way you can save on this is to dial down your thermostat a few degrees and buy yourself a space heater. Space heaters are usually pretty mobile, so you can bring it with you whenever you change rooms.
Not every space heater on the market is going to be designed to save you money. Some older space heaters will require very large amounts of electricity to power them. Before you buy one, you should check to see if it includes energy-saving features like timers or a built-in thermostat. This will mean that once it hits the desired temperature, your heater will shut off automatically.
It is also important to never run a space heater unless you are home, as they can be a fire hazard if they are left unattended.
Buy a smart thermostat
You could be throwing away hundreds of dollars every year if you still have an old-fashioned thermostat.
You should consider investing in a programmable thermostat where you can turn the heat on when you are home and off when you are at work.
You can take it a step further and buy a smart thermostat, which ranges from $139 to $199 for basic models. Your utility company might even give a rebate if you purchase one.
Smart thermostats can do some pretty cool things like adjusting for minor temperature changes from activities like cooking that can increase the temperature.
Use your fireplace
Your fireplace can be a big ally in helping you to reduce the high costs of heating.
You can reduce your costs by turning down your thermostat and use zone heating in the areas where you spend most of your time with an energy-efficient fireplace.
Some homeowners can reduce their heating costs by 20-40 percent this way.
If you don’t have a fireplace and are looking to get one, a professional installation can be completed in as little as six hours and can make your fireplace up to 85 percent more efficient.
Use your curtains
Make the most out of the sun and get some free heat. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day for some extra (free) heat.
When it gets dark, you should shut your curtains. This will act as an extra insulator to keep the heat inside your rooms and make sure there are no leaks and gaps, so the warm air stays in, and the cold air stays out.
Insulate your attic
Keeping things insulated will help you to decrease your costs for years after the installation. When a home is well insulated, it will keep the warm air in and the cold air out during the winter.
You can either hire someone to do the installation professionally or buy the insulation yourself. If you have the extra cash, you can also have more insulation pumped through the rest of your house, although this would require you to put a hole in the drywall.
While there are some upfront costs with these projects, you will save money in the long run as the need for more energy will decrease.
Invest in warm clothing
If you can tough it out, turn your thermostat down and throw on some extra layers. Keeping the thermostat lower can help save you hundreds of dollars in heating bills.
You could invest in some warmer clothes like ski socks, sweaters, hoodies, etc. It might take a little to get used to, but once you do, you’ll barely notice it.
Just buy a couple of extra layers and save hundreds on your heating bills.
Cook the heat into the room
When you’re cooking, you are using energy, and you’ve got to eat so you might as well kill two birds with one stone. When you are cooking, your oven will help aid in the heating of your home.
When you are complete with your cooking and shut off your oven, crack the door open, and the remaining hot air will come out, and you will get the benefit of the heat the oven generated.
As you can see, there are many different ways for you to heat your home this winter and save yourself a little extra cash.
You just need to find the one that best suits your home and your lifestyle. You don’t need to pick only one option either. You can play around with these ideas, and eventually, you will come up with a system that you like the most.
Good luck staying warm this winter, and hopefully, some of these ideas will help.
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