Winter is still in full swing and while we love cozy homes and picturesque winter landscapes, we aren’t a fan of higher energy bills. If you agree, then you might be interested in these simple tricks to help keep your family warm without breaking the bank.
- Banish drafts by blocking the bottom of every external door in your home, including any doors leading to garages. Of course the best solution would be to install quality doors that fit well, but this is a quick and temporary fix. It’s also easy because all you really need is a rolled-up old towel or blanket.
- Reduce the amount of space you pay to heat by closing the doors and vents in unused rooms. While you’re at it, if you have an unused fireplace, make sure that the flue and draft (if it has both) are closed. If you don’t, then you’ll be losing more heat than you’re keeping in.
- Windows can be a huge source of heat loss, but you can use weatherstripping to make even older windows more energy efficient. You can also use window film or a commercially available window insulating kit to keep the warm air inside even better.
- It might seem too simple, but hanging thick curtains in the winter can really improve draftiness around windows. This is especially helpful on large windowed areas and windows that face north and south.
- It might seem odd to suggest using fans in the winter, but they might actually help. By turning ceiling fans on low, in reverse, you can circulate warm air through the warm and create a more consistent and comfortable environment.
These are some quick fixes to help your family get through the heating season, but there are some longer-term solutions you may want to consider. For example, installing a programmable thermostat can let you save energy by using less heat while you’re away but get warmer while you’re home. You can also insulate your pipes, ductwork, and water heater to improve your home’s comfort and improve its energy efficiency. These might be options to consider for your family!