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By Kelly B. — Published May 23, 2018
Are the chilly winters running up your electricity bill? Is trying to keep warm getting way too expensive? If you are looking for ways to cut down on your utility bills then you might be interested in a few cheaper ways to keep warm in the winter.
There is nothing like getting new doors and windows fitted with proper insulation and repairing all the cracks that let heat escape, but that could work out a bit expensive for some. If a full-fledged home improvement project is not on the cards for you then here are some tips that might help keep you warm without costing you tons of money.
Keeping warm while cutting down on your utility bills
Dress warm: Don’t just save the sweaters and socks for when you are heading out but save a set to wear in the house as well. Dress nice and warm and you won’t need to turn the heat up as much. Keep a cosy blanket handy to wrap yourself in while sitting on the couch, and cover your floors with warm rugs. You will soon be comfortable enough to turn the heat down a bit without having to shiver all day.
Insulate the windows: Buy a few window insulation kits to stop the heat from escaping and a cold draft from coming in. The kits are not expensive and in the long run, will save you money on your electricity bill. Weather stripping is great for sealing the gaps around doors and windows and keeping the heat in.
Alternatively, you could use plastic bags to insulate the windows as a cheaper option. Plastic bags will help to seal the cracks along the sides and prevent the warm air from getting out.
Lower the heating: There are many times when you don’t need the heating turned all the way up in every room in the house. Turn the heat down in the rooms you are not using to help cut down on the power usage. You can also turn down the heat by a few degrees at night when you are sleeping and cosily tucked in under the comforter.
If you don’t want to install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise or lower the heat, you can always do it manually.
Warming the kitchen: While cooking or baking there is a lot of heat being circulated in the kitchen. You can make the most of this heat and lower the central heating a bit. Leaving the oven door open after baking lets the heat get into your kitchen and warm the place up. You also have a good excuse to bake more cookies and cakes.
Turn off space heaters: If you have individual space heaters in your rooms, you can turn off the ones in the rooms that are not in use. This is a great way to save on your utility bill and you are still nice and warm in the room that you are using.
Seal the cracks: A silicone sealant or caulk is great for sealing cracks in doors, walls and floors. By sealing the cracks, you can make sure the heat stays in and work you heater a bit less. Don’t forget to seal cracks in the basement as well.
Shut the vents: You can shut off the heating to unused rooms by closing the vents in those rooms. With the less stress on your heating system you will be saving a fair bit of money.
Don’t forget the attic: As the hot air from the heating system rises a lot escapes through the attic. Not only seal cracks and windows in the attic but also seal the door to the attic to prevent heat from going in there.
Try these tips to stay warm and cut down on your utility bill during the cold weather.