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The weather outside is starting to turn a bit colder. As winter approaches, these temperatures are only going to go down further. While people tend to spend a lot of time inside the home during the winter months, it can be expensive to keep the temperature indoors as high as we would like it. Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to help keep your house warm during the winter that won’t break the bank.
Use Alternative Forms of Heating
If you can find ways to heat your home other than turning up the furnace, you can save a lot of money. You don’t need to heat the entire home. Just keeping your most commonly used rooms heated will make a big difference. Think about investing in a couple of space heaters for your living spaces. If you don’t spend any time in your bedrooms during the day, you don’t have to keep them overly warm. When it comes time to head to bed, you’ll be under the covers anyway. A fireplace is another efficient way to heat your home.
Proper insulation will keep warm air inside where it belongs. You’ll want to check the insulation within walls, around your foundation and up in the attic. ChemTec explains that sealing cracks and gaps also prevents carpenter ants from taking up residence in your home by blocking and closing off points of entry, especially in the foundation and around doors and windows. You can also insulate your ductwork to help the air stay warmer as it’s spread throughout your home.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Most homes have a thermostat that is typically set to the same temperature all day. This can be very inefficient. If you are able to program multiple temperatures for different times of the day, you can save some money. For example, dropping your temperature down a few degrees while you’re at work can save you a few dollars each day. You can have the home heat back up right before you’re set to arrive. You can also change the temperature at night when you’re asleep or when you’re away on vacation.
Keeping your house warm in the winter doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of inexpensive improvements that you can make to save money and increase the overall comfort level of your home.
Other utilities can also put a strain on your finances. Check out this article for tips on how to save money on household bills.