Conserve Energy While Still Staying Warm This Winter

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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.

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  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    These are great tips! Its been very cold here this winter for South Carolina. Our biggest problem is our thin windows.. I think changing them out would make a huge difference. We need to do something about the drafts too!

    January 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    These are such great tips. I do not like being cold in my home but yet I need to keep my bills as low as possible. Thank you so much for sharing

    January 13, 2018 at 5:06 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    I love this post! I like the caulkingDIY. I can feel all the windows in my home let cold air in. I need to ask the main office if they can do something about the windows. I do put a blanket over the blinds to prevent the cold air from coming inside even when windows are closed. I have a blanket on my window and my eldest’s room window as well. It really helps. I seriously hate the winter season.

    December 23, 2017 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Yes!! All so important!! We plastic our windows but I wish I could plastic our patio door!! We lose so much heat that way!! Ive thought about putting up a heavy curtain lol.

    December 22, 2017 at 11:01 am
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