With utility costs hitting record highs, many people are searching for unique ways to save money on their next bill. But if you live in a cold climate, you probably know that finding cost-effective strategies to stay warm is often a big challenge.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be, our 4 tips for staying warm this winter are here to help!
No. 1: Check for Drafts
Did you know that 30% of your heat can go right out the window (or door) because of drafts? In addition to feeling around for a draft with your hands, you can also try the following methods:
Walk around with a lighter, lit candle, or a stick of incense. If the flame flickers or burns out, a draft is near. Please use caution with this method.
Hang a plastic bag around a coat hanger, and place it around windows or doors. If a draft is present, the plastic bag blows.
If you’re a homeowner, some states offer free energy efficiency programs that send an expert to check your home for drafts and other areas where you’re losing energy. If you rent, follow up with your landlord.
If you do find a draft, there are a couple of awesome, budget-friendly solutions that we swear by. Such as plastic insulation wrap, draft stoppers, and thick curtains. All of which can be found for under $20.
If you know how to sew, consider creating a DIY draft stopper to maximize your savings!
No. 2: Close Your Doors
Closing the doors to different rooms in your home will make it a lot easier for your space to get warm and stay warm. This method is particularly useful for larger homes and rooms with tall ceilings where heat rises.
The best part? This approach is 100% free!
If you don’t have functional doors in each room, consider installing curtains as a substitute. For the best results we suggest opting for thick curtains, but sheer curtains will also make a considerable difference in temperature.
No. 3: Supplement with Space Heaters
As long as you remain mindful about your electricity use, combining a space heater with your primary heat source is another great way to stay warm and save money.
Once you’ve used your main heat source to get your home to a comfortable temperature, turn the thermostat down (or off) and put your space heater on for a little while. This is a particularly cost-effective approach for those who have oil heating (or for anyone who is struggling with particularly expensive heating bills).
Always use caution when using a space heater and never leave the device unattended.
No. 4: Heated Blankets
Heated blankets are an awesome and inexpensive way to stay toasty while you’re lounging at home. Not to mention, it’s a great way to unwind after a stressful day!
Most heated blankets come with various levels of warmth to suit your needs, as well as a timer so you can safely snuggle up at night.
If you work from home, using a heated blanket as needed throughout the day can help you reach for the thermostat less—meaning even more savings!
No. 5: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
The last few years have been full of financial difficulty and uncertainty for many people, and some utility providers have recognized this by offering payment plans and bill forgiveness.
Although getting on a payment plan for your heating bills won’t save you money, it can make your monthly expenses a lot more manageable. Especially when combined with our above-mentioned tips. For more information, call your utility provider or visit their official website.
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