You and your family can spend less on heating this winter without feeling like ice cubes. Here are some ways to conserve energy this winter while still staying warm.
Heed the Curtain Call
Use your curtains to take advantage of passive solar energy coming through the windows on cold but sunny days. As the sun sets, start shutting the curtains around the house to keep the warmth inside of your home. Using this same principle, use aluminum foil behind your radiators to reflect heat back towards the center of your rooms.
Install Temporary Insulation
Cheap temporary insulation can make a difference in your heating bill’s bottom line. If you have a bubble wrap stash, you can use it as temporary window insulation. Even though it’s covering the windows, it will still let the heat from the sun into your home. Switching out your usual curtains with some modestly priced thermal curtains will also give you a boost in comfort without raising the thermostat.
Caulk Your Windows
If you have time in the fall to take on a proactive home maintenance project, you can eliminate air leaks by caulking around windows or pipes. This DIY move can also reduce irritating winter window condensation as well.
Insulate Your Water Tank
Covering your water tank with insulation can save you a surprising amount of money. Because it keeps the water in the tank hot for a longer amount of time, you could save up to $200 dollars per year. While you are insulating the tank, check to see that your attic space is properly insulated as approximately 25 percent of heating energy can get lost through the roof.
Get Your Heater Checked and Tuned Up
Find an experienced HVAC professional like the ones at King of Prussia Heating to perform a thorough heater inspection and tune-up. Your heater will run at its most efficient when it is regularly tuned up and you will be more likely to avoid the expense of a repair call down the road with a well-tuned furnace.
Let the Heat Flow
Do your radiator or heating ducts have elbow room? It is tempting to cozy up to a heat source, but if you do not leave enough room for air to flow freely around ducts and radiators, furniture will absorb the majority of the heat instead of warming the air in the room.
Dodge the Drafts
Drafts around doors or through electrical outlets are painfully noticeable in the depths of winter. Eliminate the drafts and reduce the need for heating by making sure exterior doors have adequate weather stripping. Home improvement stores sell pre-cut foam for use behind outlet covers on exterior walls that really make a difference.
Remember to Moisturize
Moisture in the air helps to make the temperature in your home warmer and can go a long way to lessen dry skin and static electricity. You can add humidity into the air in your home without a humidifier. Just keep a small saucepan of water simmering on your stove range. Add cinnamon sticks to add a festive scent to your home.
With so many expenses of having kids, it’s always great to be able to save money on necessary expenses like energy costs. Following these tips will keep your winter comfortable for less cost.