When the weather outside is freezing and you’re doing all that you can to keep yourself warm, it’s understandable that a part of that would consist of turning up the heat. But if you happen to be someone who is on a bit of tight budget and you’d like some tips on how to save on energy costs even in the midst of the bitter cold, we have five great tips that you can start using right at this very moment:
Turn down your thermostat. If it surprised you to hear that the first thing we recommend is that you turn down your thermostat, we can certainly understand why being that we’re willing to bet that all you can think about is actually turning it up. However, did you know that by setting your programmable thermostat to sit at around 73 degrees, you can actually keep your home at a comfortable temperature? Plus, it will require less energy which can keep a few more dollars in your pocket.
Close the curtains and the vents. Something else that you can do is purchase some thermal curtains for your windows. The reason why this is so effective is because the material that the curtains are made out of are specifically designed to prevent cool air from coming into your house. Just make sure that at night, you close them and also in the rooms that you are not in, that you keep the curtains pulled and that you also close your vents.
Check your windows and doors. Does it feel sometimes like you have a draft near one of your windows or the front or back door? If so, it may be because you actually have a crack or small hole around it. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on repairs. In most cases, you can simply go to a local home improvement store, purchase some caulking and seal the cracks (or holes) right on up. (As an added tip, you also might want to put a towel along the bottom of the doors as an easy way to get some extra insulation.
Conduct an energy audit. Sometimes we’re spending more money on energy costs because we’re not aware of where we’re wasting electricity and water. For instance, there might be a leak in one of your pipes or some torn insulation in your attic. One way to know for sure is to conduct an energy audit. That way you can find out if you have an energy efficient air conditioning and heating unit and if there are minor repairs that need to be done around the house. For more information on how to conduct one yourself, go to Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Install a low-flow showerhead. When you’ve come in from playing in the snow, you’ll probably want to jump right into the shower. If you’d like to stand under the warm water for a couple of more minutes, no problem. Simply install a low-flow showerhead and it can save you several gallons per shower. It’s a great way to stay clean, warm and also within your budget all winter long.