Few things are as nice as a cozy house in wintertime. What’s not nice, however, are the high utility bills that can come with it. If your home is older, or just not particularly energy efficient, then you may especially suffer with high energy costs.
While there’s nothing we can do about the weather, there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm for less. Here are a few tips to help you keep your home cozy all winter long, all without ruining your budget.
- It may seem simple, but thick curtains can help keep your room warmer, especially if you have older windows. Heavy curtains that extend past the window frame can improve draftiness around the window, and keep your warm air inside. If you have large windows, or windows that face north and south, then this can be especially helpful.
- Turning ceiling fans on low, in reverse can circulate warm air and create a more comfortable environment. This can be particularly helpful if you have high ceilings. Just make sure the fan is going in reverse. If you feel a breeze or see things moving from air currents, then it’s probably going the wrong way!
- Few things will undermine your cozy home as quickly as drafts. You can limit them by blocking the bottom of every external door to your house. This includes any door to garages or exterior utility rooms. The best thing about this easy fix is that it’s effective and all you have to do is roll up an old towel or blanket.
- Closing the vents and doors to rooms that aren’t used is a simple way of reducing your bill. This can also actually increase the airflow volume in other rooms, making the rooms you use even cozier. Just remember to re-open the vents if you plan on using the room.
- Windows may give you a great view, but they can be a huge source of heat loss. One way of making them more energy efficient is to install weatherstripping. This is inexpensive, easy, and can help you keep more of your warm air in, and cold air out. Window-insulating kits can often be bought at home improvement stores.
If you’re really wanting to amp up the savings in the winter, then you can insulate your pipes, duct work, and install a programmable thermostat. While you’ll have to spend a little on insulation to do it, these steps are simple and very effective at making your home more efficient.