How To Keep The Home Warm In Winter Without Higher Bills
When you say heat, you can’t help thinking of energy consumption, gas, wood or electricity. Of course you cannot enjoy comfort without costs, but you can prolong comfort without paying more by means of some small tricks which will make a difference in the end. These are simple tips which we often ignore amid the everyday hustle. Here is how to keep the home warm without higher bills, via Huffington Post.
First of all, turn doors and windows air-tight. Apply caulk to seal off air leaks around windows. And prevent cold draft from coming in.
Speaking on this, use draftstoppers to fill in the gap between your door and the floor. Since we are after saving money, you can make these yourselves.
If it’s sunny outside, pull the curtains and let the sun provide plenty of natural warmth. As the sun goes down, close the curtains to trap some of the heat inside.
Use rugs and carpets to prevent heat escaping through the floorboards, especially if you have a basement underneath.
If circumstances allow you, shower with the door open so that the hot steamy air circulate through the rest of the house. In the same context, after you finished cooking, leave the oven door open to take advantage of that hot air wave which would otherwise go to waste.
Overnight, instead of turning up heat, just pour boiling water into a hot water bottle and slip it under the blanket at the foot of your bed. You will feel warmer for many hours and sleep better.
Now, if you have an empty room or one you won’t use across the cold season, just close it off and use draftstoppers to seal the doors. Also, close the curtains to keep that little warmth inside.
Invest in a programmable thermostat, especially since experts say you can save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to cooler temperatures for the hours you’re away at work.
Finally, for the DIY buffs, here is a terracotta pot heater. You can put it in the room where you spend most of the time and you will surely notice the difference.