Winter time can be an expensive time of the year. The colder it is outside, the more your heater has to work to keep you warm. Not only that, but long hot showers are comfortable and soothing when you come in from the cold and turning on the fireplace is always a preferable alternate source of heat when the heater won’t heat up the house fast enough. The added stress on your electric, gas and water bills can add up quickly. Relieve those stresses by preparing a plan for winter.
Drop your heat down to sixty.
When you leave the home for several hours at a time, drop the heater down to sixty degrees. That’s just warm enough to make the space bearable when you return and keep your pipes from freezing. When you return, turn up the heat back up to a more suitable temperature.
Bundle up inside.
Winter is cold. Dress for it. You don’t need to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of winter. Instead, wear long sleeves, pants and socks whenever you’re inside. If you are still cold, grab a soft jacket or a blanket to warm you up, even a heater can’t give you the instant warmth of one of these.
Cover up unused windows or doors.
You can get a nice plastic kit for cheap to help you cover up windows you won’t be opening this season. This kit will help keep the cold from being able to enter the home, thereby making your heater’s efforts all the more worth it. Also look for drafts in the home and take care of those appropriately.
Leave the oven open.
After cooking in the oven, leave the door open a crack to let the excess heat warm the kitchen. This will help keep the house temperature up without turning up the heater.