We all know that during winter, we can expect to see increases in our electricity bills as we try to keep our homes warm. Some of us can experience greater increases and blows to our budgets than others, especially those living in areas with big shifts in temperatures.
Luckily, there are many simple things that you can do to help conserve your budget during this cold period. Some easy adjustments and precautions will help you reduce the amount of energy you spend while maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures. Here are some helpful tips to try this winter.
Keep the Doors Closed
Furthermore, you should keep all the vents in those rooms sealed, as well as the areas around and under your doors. The air flow under the door can be sealed with some weather strips or rubber seals and draft stoppers, or you can make your own with some old towels or sheets.
Take Advantage of the Sunlight
When the sunlight hits, open up your curtains and let the sunshine in. You will instantly feel the warmth on your skin and it will help keep the room warm.
When there is no direct sunlight on the window, on the other hand, then try to keep your curtains and blinds closed to keep the heat inside. These curtains function as an additional layer of insulation between the room and the windows and help prevent heat loss.
Use Ceiling Fans Correctly
Ceiling fans are an excellent addition that can be used during the winter and not only the summer. If you adjust them to the appropriate winter setting, they can help maintain and circulate the warm air in the room. You simply have to make sure to set the direction of the blades in reverse, i.e. the opposite of what it was during the summer, by flipping the switch found on them.
After you’ve flipped the switch, the fan should be running in the clockwise direction. By circulating the warm air from the ceiling with the help of the ceiling fan, you can save some money as you will not lose warm air and you will be able to set your home heating system a few degrees lower than before.
Keep the Vent Fans off
During winter, there is no need to turn on the vent fans in the bathroom when you’re taking a shower or in the kitchen while you are cooking. All they will do is suck in the heat and lower the temperature of the room, wasting both money and energy.
You can use this heat and the steam that is produced to help you heat up your home. Simply leave the bathroom door open during a shower or open it when you are done and let the heat spread around your home. In the kitchen, keep the windows closed to help the warm air from the oven further heat up the area.
Bleed Your Radiators
An important step in the process of making your home energy-efficient, i.e. warm without wasting money and energy, is bleeding your radiators. Many sometimes forget about this or don’t even think about it, but it can help you greatly.
When some parts of your radiator are colder than the others, this means that you need to bleed it. If you don’t, you will have to turn up your heating in order to compensate for those colder parts, which will result in significantly higher utility bills.
The process is relatively simple and all you need to do is locate the release valve on the radiator and turn it counter-clockwise to release water. This will also release any air bubbles and pressure from the radiator, allowing them to once again heat up evenly.
Get Those Blankets Out
If you are serious about dropping your heating expenses, then the obvious thing to do is to turn down the heat by a few degrees. This can be easily done on those lazy days when you are snuggling up in front of the TV.
Pull out those extra blankets to get warm and comfortable. Throw some extra covers on your bed, and make use of a warm water bottle for extra warmth. Make sure you dress warmly. Layers of clothing will help maintain your body heat which means that less heating is needed.
Invest in Your Home
For your heating system to run efficiently, there are many investments you can make in your home to ensure that heat doesn’t escape and the cold air doesn’t enter.
Insulation in the attic is very important, so you should think about updating or adding it. Other areas such as the floor, walls, and basement can also help keep the warmth in when insulated. When it comes to windows, double-glazed ones are your best option. You can also add weather stripping around them and the doors to prevent drafts throughout your home.
One of the best options today when it comes to efficient heating and saving money is a smart thermostat. It is a great addition that keeps your home optimally warm at all times, while not wasting money or energy. It can automatically detect the optimal temperature, as well as turn off when nobody’s home. They can be controlled remotely and will undoubtedly make your life easier and more comfortable.
Inspecting your home and figuring out how you can improve the heat flow or prevent the cold from coming in can go a long way towards cutting your bills and having a more efficient household. With the help of these tips, you will have a nice and cozy winter. You won’t have to worry about the increased expenses.