You may think that turning off the heat and freezing half to death is the only way to make a difference on your energy bill. You can still keep your house comfortable without wasting energy. Here are some tips for cutting costs on your energy bill and reducing your carbon footprint this winter.
Oh the weather outside is frightful but your home is so delightful
It is best to keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature rather than adjusting it throughout the day. 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius is a recommended temperature for the winter months. It will save energy if you leave your thermostat around the same temperature so your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat up the entire house for the times when you are at home.
Check your home for proper insulation
If there are large spaces around the doors or windows this can let in the cold air. Instead of keeping the heat cranked up this problem can be solved with a simple solution. Sealing the cracks under doors can be done with a few supplies from the hardware like weather strips. If you notice the draft coming in and you can’t make it to the store right away you can create a temporary fix by rolling up a towel or blanket and placing it over the drafty areas under your doors and windows.
Keep the blinds drawn to keep the cold out and the heat in
Blinds and curtains can serve an important purpose during the winter months. Not only do they provide you with privacy and some interior decoration, they also keep your home warmer. Uncovered windows can let in cold air even if the windows themselves are firmly shut. Curtains and blinds add a protective barrier between the blustery cold air and your cozy living space. For added insulation you can even hang a thick blanket over your windows. This really helps keep out the frigid air.
Are space heaters a way of saving or wasting energy?
You may think you are saving energy by using space heaters around your home. This is only true if you do not have a properly working central heating system. It can take a lot of energy to heat your entire home with space heaters. However if you want to heat up one room more than the others especially If you spend most of your time in one smaller room of the house then space heaters can be a good option. This website on portable heaters has some good tips for how to safely utilize space heaters around your home.
The environmental impact of indoor fireplaces
Fires are also not the most eco friendly option for heating your home as they require precious wood to fuel them. You must be careful to not burn any recycled wood that has toxic paint or sealants that can off gas into your home and into the environment through the chimney or vents. There are however some more environmentally friendly versions of the fireplace available for your home. Check out these modern eco fireplaces.
Cuddle up and dress warm for winter nights
Cozy blankets, dressing in layers, hot water bottles and heating pads. These are all ways to stay warm without using much energy at all! Keeping a basket of blankets in different rooms around the house is a good way to snuggle up without rushing to turn up the thermostat. Bamboo blankets help to regulate body temperature so they will keep you warm in the winter but can be used in the warmer months without being too bulky and overheating.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay warm during the winter months without wasting energy. Saving energy isn’t all you can do for the environment. Don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree and follow these other eco friendly post holiday practices! Wishing you a happy holiday season!