Winter is fast approaching and while most of us are already looking forward to football and turkey dinner, there are a few things that you should also be doing that can save you money.
1. Turn your thermostat down as low as possible. You can save a lot of money on utility bills by lowering how often your heater has to run. If you are gone all day, you can turn it down when you leave in the morning and turn it back up a few degrees when you get home. I suggest using a programmable thermostat so you can set the system to do this automatically.
2. Take advantage of solar energy by opening blinds and drapes during the day. If you have windows that face the sun during the day, you can use the heat from the sun and of course it’s free.
3. Prevent drafts by weatherizing your windows and doors. It’s best to seal exterior windows and doors with caulking or sealant, but if that’s not possible, you can use also try using heavy drapes in front of windows or doors that have small drafts.
4. Use the fireplace if you have one. Fireplaces are great ways to save money and even create a relaxing atmosphere. If you do not use your fireplace, make sure the damper is closed to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney.
5. Change your furnace filter. Filters should be changed year round and the beginning of winter is a great time to make sure a new filter has been installed.
6. Close the doors and vents in any rooms that you do not use. If you have a hobby room or guest room that is rarely used, you can save money by not heating the room.
7. Use an electric blanket. If you enjoy a warm bed you might try using an electric blanket at bedtime and turning the thermostat down during the night.