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How I Save Money on Heating My House in the Winter Time

Updated on November 24, 2012

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.

Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Triple-Rib Twin Size Blanket, Natural
Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Triple-Rib Twin Size Blanket, Natural

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.

 

Heated Throw for the Living Room - Stay warm while watching TV, reading, or while on the computer

ION Coz-e Heated Blanket with Sleeves
ION Coz-e Heated Blanket with Sleeves

This is like a snuggie, but with heat!

 

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.

Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, Gray
Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, Gray

This feels like a fireplace. It's comforting and super warm. On the high setting, it can heat up a cold room pretty fast. The longer it's on, the warmer it will get. I often find myself having to turn it down.

This will be my third year using this same heater. I live in a mobile home and recently it was 35 degrees outside, and 73 at the one end of my mobile home, and 65 at the other. That's with using only this heater and a fan.

 

The DeLonghi Mica Panel Heater - This one is cheaper and has great reviews too.

DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater
DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater

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!

Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat
Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat

This thermostat can be programmed to turn your heat down while you aren't home and/or at nighttime. It can also store programs for weekends, holidays, and vacations.

 

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!

Under Door Draft Guard - Keep the warm air in, and the cold air out!

Twin Draft Guard Extreme in Brown - Energy Saving Under Door Draft Stopper
Twin Draft Guard Extreme in Brown - Energy Saving Under Door Draft Stopper

Do you feel cold air when you stand in front of your door? Check to see if a draft is coming in, under your front door. If so, this might help you save money on heating. Not only is this an energy saver, but it also can keep out dust, noise, smells, and insects.

This is a double 2" interior tube for both interior and exterior doors. It can be trimmed to fit custom door widths.

 

Insulate your windows with clear, plastic film! - Have you noticed that it's always colder near the windows?

3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for 5 Windows
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for 5 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.

 

My Solution to Cold Feet - Keep your feet warm with boots or slippers

Bearpaw Womens Emma Short 8-Inch Suede Sheepskin Boot, Chocolate, US 7
Bearpaw Womens Emma Short 8-Inch Suede Sheepskin Boot, Chocolate, US 7

I recently bought a pair of boots like these, and I've been amazed at how well they solve the cold feet problem. These boots are lined with wool and I think they work better than wool socks because they create a pocket of warm air around my feet, and the suede keeps it in.

If you've tried slippers and wool socks but still have cold feet, give these a try!

 

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!

What are your tips to save money this Winter?

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    • BusyQueen profile image

      BusyQueen 4 years ago

      Great saving money on heat tips, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sherwing: This is crazy. Just turn off the shower for a few seconds the same way you would when you normally turn off the shower!??!

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      alanwearing 5 years ago

      Great Lens...Excellent content..Very well Presented

    • sherwing profile image

      Sherwin Griffith 5 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      Wow great. I think i will purchase the shut off valve for the shower. I love hot showers.

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      Kasandra 6 years ago

      Thank you for the useful tips!

    • BeaGabrielle1 profile image

      BeaGabrielle1 6 years ago

      Great tips! I enjoyed reading your lens. Keep warm!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas!

    • mariaamoroso profile image

      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Stay in bed

    • fluffanutta profile image

      fluffanutta 6 years ago from UK

      Turn off the radiators in the rooms you don't use, and keep the doors shut.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      We love our wood burning stove to help save money on heating. Great tips and very nicely presented lens.