For most households, energy is an expensive necessity. However, there are a number of things you can do to save heat and fuel at home in winter!
You do not have to spend a bunch of money to cut your heating costs. You can save money on energy bills without breaking the bank spending from nothing to very little. Follow these ideas and say good-bye to shocking heating bills!
Turn down the thermostat
A couple of degrees cooler when you're away or asleep can make a big difference on your heating bill (without any sacrifice from you).
Savings of 10 to 12 percent are possible if you run your system 5 to 10 degrees cooler at night or when you are away from the home.
Decorate for warmth
When it's cold outside, nothing says money in the bank like a house that's blinged out in warm accessories. Put flannel sheets on your bed, rugs on your floors, insulated curtains in your windows, and warm blankets on your sofa.
Reduce the use of vent fans
Fans suck out undesirable smells and moisture, but they also suck out a lot of hot air from your home. In the winter, don't ruin your kitchen or bathroom vent fans unless there is a need.
Because winter air is already quite dry, there may be no need to vent a bathroom after every shower. In kitchens, use the vent fan sporadically in the winter, though you should still take care to properly vent when you are cooking with gas-burning appliances.
Dress for cold weather
Dress in layers; slap a pair of slippers on your feet, and add a hat to complete your warm ensemble. Serve warm drinks, not cold cocktails, when entertaining or relaxing.
Use the sun
Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to warm your home, then close curtains at night to trap in the heat. On the sides of the home where there is good sun exposure, keep trees and shrubs pruned away so the windows can receive full sunlight.