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How to Lower Your Heating Costs During Winter

As the weather gets colder, your home becomes more expensive to keep warm. Here’s how to prepare your house for the winter, and save your household money in the long run.
Cozy couple sharing a blanket

The weather is getting colder, and winter is just around the corner. There are lots of things to look forward to in winter, such as snowy weather and Christmas, but it isn’t all good news; winter is also one of the most expensive times of the year.

Bills become more expensive in winter, and Christmas is the holiday of gift-giving. If your wallet is feeling a little light right now, don’t worry. Winter may be expensive, but there are lots of tips and tricks that you can use to lower the costs.

Shutter those blinds

When the sun is shining directly on your home, it will warm the rooms inside. Natural sunlight can raise the temperature significantly in a room during the daytime, but at night time, close those curtains and blinds. before the daytime heat escapes through through the glass. So long as the sun shines again the next day, repeat the process. No one ever complained about free heating!

Air-seal your home

This might sound like a time-consuming and expensive task, but it is actually really simple. You just need to go through each room in your home to look for drafts and holes, which you can then close with a caulking gun, or draft stoppers. Most drafts come through the edges of doors and windows, and you can use caulking around the edges to help with the problem; for your doors, try attaching a draft stopper. Caulk and draft stoppers don’t cost much money, and they will save you a lot of money over time, as your heating bill will be cheaper.

Use space heaters smartly

Lots of people spend the majority of their time in one or two rooms in their house. If you do this, consider switching off your heating entirely and swap to space heaters. Although space heaters are actually more expensive than heating, you will still save money as you will be only using them in one or two rooms. Strategically place a space heater in the room you use the most, so that it will heat the whole room. We recommend keeping your space heater away from the window, so that you lose less heat while it is on. Keep the heater switched off while you are sleeping and at work to save even more money (this is also the safest option).

Try lowering the temperature of your home

Once you have started to make small adjustments to keep you warm, such as air-sealing your home, you can try lowering the temperature of your home. It is likely that you won’t notice the drop as your home is better insulated, and you will save money on your heating bill. If you find that your home is too cold, raise the temperature back up a degree or two. You can also try wearing warmer clothes, or you could put an extra blanket on your bed or your couch.

Put in extra insulation

Good insulation is one of the best ways to save money during winter. Insulation keeps the warm air inside of your house for longer, so that you don’t need to leave the heating on all of the time. However, it can be difficult to know if your home has enough insulation. One way to know is to look at your roof after snowfall: if there are melted spots, you don’t have enough insulation. The melted spots are created when a gap in your insulation allows lots of heat to leave your house through a small area.

You can buy insulation and install it yourself, but we recommend asking a friend to help you, as it can be a time-consuming task. Make sure you insulate your attic, as most of the heat will leave through the roof of your house.

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