With temperatures plummeting as winter fully sets in, keeping your home warm is a top priority. The United States Energy Information Administration estimates that the average household may spend up to $1200 over the winter period keeping their home warm. Since people are spending more time at home this year, their heating bills may be higher than usual. It’s important to find ways to keep your home warm while keeping costs low. Read on to find out how!
Strategically Open Curtains
If you have curtains, use them to your advantage. Keeping them closed overnight will not only give you privacy but it can help to keep the heat in. Making sure that you open them the day means that any sunlight can help to naturally heat your rooms. Additionally, make sure that your curtains are lined, to help trap heat and keep the cold out more effectively.
Make sure that you close the doors of rooms that you’re not using. You’ll notice that the rooms that you’re in will be warmer than other parts of the house, so don’t let the heat escape into empty bedrooms.
When you’re done cooking up a storm in the kitchen, consider leaving the oven door open. The heat will flow into the kitchen and can help warm the room up. Make sure that it’s safe to do so - no animals, children, and no flammable or hazardous items around.
Exposed floorboards are all the rage in fashionable apartments, but they can make a home feel a lot colder than carpeted flooring. Chuck down some rugs to make the place feel cozy and stop so much heat from escaping through the floor. Mismatching is in style at the moment, so you can use anything you can get your hands on to really make your home pop.
Invest in Smart Heating
It’s definitely an investment, and may not be worth it if you’re planning on moving soon, but smart heating is the way forward for homeowners and long term tenants. Most smart thermostats work with Alexa or any other smart home gear, meaning that you can use your existing tech to control the temperature of your home. This is great if you’re out and about and don’t want to come home to a freezing apartment.
Alternatively, making sure that you set the timer on your thermostat can work just as well if you have a set routine and know what times you’ll need the heating on. Rather than having it on 24/7, utilizing the timer feature on your heating means that you can maximize efficiency without overspending.
Seal up any gaps in windows or doors, and make sure that all vents are appropriately covered to avoid heat escaping. Self-adhesive rubber seals are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Otherwise, there are fabric draft excluders that look like long sausages or snakes that you can either buy or DIY to keep cold air out.
Sometimes, having a bit of a rejig of your furniture can impact the way the heat flows through the room. You may have accidentally blocked the radiator or heating vent when you feng shui’d the living room, or you may not have moved the furniture since moving into your furnished rental. By moving the sofa out of the way you may be able to allow heat to flow more effectively.
If you have enough space to do so, add floating shelves around radiators to help direct the heat into the room rather than having it rise too quickly. This is great because it gives you extra decorating space! Just make sure there’s nothing on the shelf that can be damaged by heat.
Save and Stay Warm This Winter
Save money on your energy bill this winter using some of our tips, or for more ideas, head over to the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for other excellent ways to keep heating costs down.