Winter is always a magical time of the year but it can be a real drain on your finances once the cold weather hits. Here are a few ideas for saving on your energy bills until spring arrives!
Cover Drafty Windows
It may seem obvious but every year, thousands of people are wasting money on heating their home for that warm air to go straight out through drafty windows while letting cold air in. Now is the time to invest in quilted or lined curtains. Even if you are in a rental property, covering up old or poorly-sealed windows is a quick and simple solution that does not require much money but could drastically lower your energy bills this winter.
Keep Your Fireplace Maintained
If you have a fireplace, it is important to keep the vent closed when the fire is not burning. With it open, it can be the equivalent of leaving a window open! For those who prefer to use their fireplace as a decorative feature only, you should consider plugging and sealing the flue for a more permanent energy-saving solution.
Installing carpet may not be an option if you live in a rental home but investing in a large rug not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home but can also provide you with some extra insulation.
Check The Temperature
We all love coming home to a warm and cozy home but keeping your thermostat on high all day could be costing you more than you think. In fact, lowering the temperature by just 1 degree between 60 and 70 degrees could save you 5% on your energy bills! Remember to not change the temperature too drastically though; this will actually increase costs as your heating source works harder to significantly alter the temperature of your home.