5 tips for saving money as the temperature drops
As temperatures get lower, your heating bills will only get higher. Use these easy tips to save money while staying warm in your home.
1. Open your blinds
Using the sun as free heat might sound too good to be true, but simply opening your curtains and letting the light in can really add warmth to a room. U.S. News & World Report recommends leaving the blinds on your south-facing windows open all day and closing them at night to keep the warmth inside.
2. Use ceiling fans
Running fans as heating devices seems counterintuitive, but according to freshome.com, they can be useful in releasing hot air that has risen to the tops of rooms. Make sure your ceiling fans are running in reverse mode and they will circulate warm air trapped in the top of the room.
3. Adjust the humidity
As the air gets colder it often gets dryer. U.S. News & World Report noted that the more humid the air is, the better it holds onto heat. Adding room humidifiers to your home will allow you to keep your thermostat – and your heating bills – low.
4. Use space heaters
Since space heaters are inexpensive and warm up an area quickly, they are a great option when you only want to heat up a specific space. Instead of turning your thermostat up, wasting hot air in unused rooms, use an efficient space heater only in the area that is occupied.
5. Check your insulation
Investing in good insulation can save you tons of money on your heating costs, freshome.com noted. Since heat rises, most of the warm air in your home escapes through your attic – especially if its poorly insulated. The source recommends installing a minimum of R-30 insulation, but R-40 or R-50 might be necessary in areas with colder winters.
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