How I Save Money on Heating My House in the Winter Time
I've cut my heating bill in half, and you can too!
I'm a pretty normal person. I like to live in a warm house, but I don't like the huge heating bill.
I've made a few changes in my habits, and have purchased a room heater, several electric blankets, and installed a programmable thermostat. The difference is substantial. The house furnace comes on a lot less, and my electric and gas bills are lowered.
I believe that you can make these changes too. You might even save enough money to take a vacation!
Photo Credit: Winter in Stockholm
One Simple Tip
Remember to turn your heat down before you leave the house! If you are going to be gone for more than 4 hours, turn the heat down by about 10 degrees. You don't want to turn it all of the way off because then it'll take more energy to reheat the cold room, but turning it down a bit should save some money!
Buy a Heated Blanket - one for each bed and for the couch!
This is by far the easiest tip I have. Use an electric blanket! Or an electric throw. They are about the same, although the throws are generally smaller.
I turn my heat down at night. During the daytime, I like about 70 degrees, but at night as low as 60 degrees is fine. That's because my electric blanket keeps me warm!
I preheat my bed before I go to sleep. My husband jokes that he smells roast at night :) I put my blanket on high about an hour before bed, and then turn it down to medium for while I sleep. That way I don't wake up too hot.
This electric blanket is available in four sizes: King, Queen, Twin, and Full.
This isn't the cheapest blanket out there, but it has great reviews, and likely if you invest the money on a good blanket this year, you won't have to buy another one for a very long time.
It uses non-hazardous low voltage technology. The larger sizes have dual controls, so each person can adjust the bed to just the right temperature.
It automatically shuts off after 10 hours, so you don't have to remember to turn it off in the morning.
Use a Quiet Room Heater - Portable and very warm! A BIG energy saver!
I own this micathermic heater. It is very quiet. (Just a light click sound when it turns on and off but otherwise silent.) It heats a 400 sq foot room very easily.
To save even more money, I've set up a fan to make the heated air travel down my hallway and into my bedroom.
It only took 2 months to pay for this heater because it saved me a boatload of money on my heating bill! This heater has saved me way more than it cost.
The DeLonghi Mica Panel Heater - This one is cheaper and has great reviews too.
I don't have any personal experience with this one, but it has over 50 positive reviews. The price is hard to beat and as of this writing, it has free shipping too!
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat - Pretty easy to install
If you have a regular routine where you go to work each day, setting up a programmable thermostat is an easy way to control your heating costs. You can set it to automatically decrease the temperature when you aren't home, and when you are sleeping!
Plus, if you have an old thermostat like I had, you'll be happy that there is no more guessing with a new digital thermostat!
Can you turn the thermostat down a degree?
Studies show that for each 1 degree you turn down the thermostat in the winter, you'll save up to 5% on your heating costs!
Insulate your windows with clear, plastic film! - Have you noticed that it's always colder near the windows?
This is a simple DIY project. Maybe you're familiar with the idea of putting plastic on your windows to keep in the heat during the winter. Well, this is a way to do it that won't look ugly! This clear film goes over the inside of your windows, and you use a blow dryer to shrink the plastic, which remove wrinkles and causes it to stretch tight.
This creates an air-tight seal and reduces condensation and prevents frost build-up.
Enjoy a Hot Shower but Save Some Money - Easy way to turn the water on and off while showering
Add this valve to your shower so that you can turn off the water while you're soaping up. Turn the water back on to rinse off. This valve will keep the temperature setting so it makes it easy to reduce the money spent on hot water!
A cheap solution. Remember that hot water is costly!
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