Save Money During the Winter Months
We have talked a lot about how to save money in the winter. Sealing cracks in your window and doors, and checking if your house is properly insulated are just a few examples of these tips. Well we have some good news for you! Here are 5 more tips and tricks to help you save money this winter:
Use Fans When Needed
Leaving a bathroom fan on can remove an impressive amount of heat from the home. Leaving it on after showering is great for removing the possibility of mold, but don’t leave it on for an extended period of time. Find other ways to remove the moisture from the room.
Did you know the sun can still warm you up in the winter? Open your curtains that face the sun during the day, and close the others when sunlight isn’t pouring through. The windows let heat in and allow it to escape and curtains hinder this process from happening. Invite the natural heat by leaving your curtains open! When learning how to save money in the winter, natural heat is a great tip.
Close the Fireplace Damper
Allowing your damper to stay open will let out a lot of the heat and bring in the cold air. It acts just like a hole in the roof, releasing the hot air up and letting the cold air come down. Just close it when you’re not using the fireplace.
It is very important to ALWAYS keep the damper open when the fireplace is ignited and in use!
Get a New Shower Head
With the cold weather coming around, we all use a lot more warm water! Purchase a cheap, low-flow shower head and install it. It can reduce the amount of wasted hot water by up to 50%, meaning you save a significant chunk on the energy it takes to heat up new, cold water. Getting a new shower head is a great way to save money this winter!
Even the best made homes are vulnerable to developing an air leak over time. As the house settles into its foundation, walls can shift at odd angles, creating cracks and space around the frame of doors and windows. Those cracks let in just as much cold air as they let out your heat. If you can find and stop the leaks, your heating bill will be a lot lower.
Outside, check for weaknesses at the corners of your home, outdoor water faucets, and the spots where the foundation changes to siding. Inside, check all baseboards, weather stripping, fireplace dampers, door and window frames and electrical outlets for signs of a draft. Once located, seal them up good. Caulk can help to fix most areas. Your local hardware store would be a good place to look for other solutions.
The interior visual inspection is just as important as the exterior. There are many sneaky places that air can worm its’ way into your home. Check the following places for cracks and gaps that let air into your home:
- Electrical outlets can let small breezes into your home
- Switch plates
- Door and window frames
- Electrical and gas service entrances
- Weather stripping around doors
- Fireplace dampers
- Attic hatches
- Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners
- Cable TV and phone lines
- Dryer vents that pass through walls
- Vents and fans
Lower the Thermostat
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 the heat back up to a more suitable temperature. Why run your bill up if no one is going to be there?
There are great thermostats out that will save you a lot of money by automatically turning down your heat when you leave the house. Contact a professional or do some research to find a new thermostat that meets your needs!
Rather than cranking up the heat when you’re home, keep the thermostat at a constant 67-70 degrees. Winter is cold, so it really helps to 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.
Check Your Insulation
It is important to make sure your insulation is still working as it should. Insulation is designed to block the outside weather. In the winter it stops the cold dead in its tracks. If not properly insulated, your walls can be letting in a lot of cold air.
When you pay attention to small and large details, you can save money in the winter months! We hope you have learned how to save money this winter. Thanks for reading!