When the winter winds start to howl, it's tempting to crank up the heat and hibernate until spring. But if you're not careful, you could end up with a massive energy bill. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to stay warm without breaking the bank.
Investing in wool clothing is one way to keep yourself warm this winter. Wool is an excellent insulator and will help keep your body heat from escaping. Wool is also breathable, so you won't have to worry about getting too sweaty when you're layered. Not only will you be warmer, but you'll also be fashionable since wool is back in style. If you don't want to spend much money on new clothes, see if your local thrift store has any wool sweaters or jackets you can buy second-hand.
Another easy way to reduce energy costs is by installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to program your heating schedule in advance so you're not wasting energy when you're not home. Most smart thermostats also have built-in sensors that detect when someone is in the room, so they'll only heat the areas used. Additionally, some have features that allow you to control your heating via your smartphone, so you can turn down the heat when you're away.
Drafts are one of the biggest culprits of wasted energy and high heating bills. They occur when gaps in your doors or windows through which heat can escape. To prevent drafts, you can either invest in some draft stoppers or use some old towels or blankets as makeshift draft stoppers. You can also seal any gaps with caulk or weather stripping. Lastly, consider sealing any outlets with outlet covers if they are not being used. By preventing drafts, you'll save money on your heating bill and make your home more comfortable since drafts can be quite chilly.
Consider installing thick curtains on your windows, especially large ones, in common living areas. In the morning, open the curtains to allow the sunlight and heat from the sun inside your home. This will help heat your house without cranking up the thermostat. At night, close the curtains. Doing so will ensure the heat from the sun will be trapped inside instead of escaping through the cold windows. Also, these thick curtains act as another form of insulation, so your heater will be more efficient due to less heat escaping.
Home Comfort Professionals
If you want your home to be more efficient by installing a smart thermostat, consider calling Tingley Home Services at (508) 456-8838. Our team of licensed professionals will install one for you so you can start saving money this winter!