As cooler weather approaches, most of us are notorious for simply turning up the thermostat to stay warm. Heat accounts for a third of our homes’ energy costs, and nobody looks forward to higher utility bills in the winter months. In order to save money this winter, here are a few ways to stay warm that include more than just using your furnace.
- Use a programmable thermostat
Program your thermostat to match your schedule. Keep your house cooler while you are away at work and through the night.
- Use space heaters or your fireplace
If you spend the majority of your time in one room, use a space heater or your fireplace in that room instead of heating the entire house to your ideal temperature. Just make sure that you always turn it off or put it out when you leave the room or are going to sleep!
- Get rid of window drafts
Make sure your windows are closed properly. Seal them with caulk around any edges that seem to be letting cold air in. You can apply plastic wrap over the glass to further insulate them. Buy thermal insulation drapes that will remain closed as often as possible.
- Get rid of door drafts
Replace weather stripping as needed on exterior doors. Close the doors of rooms that are not in use and put draft guards at the base of them.
- Dress for the season
Dress in layers making sure to keep your feet and head covered as they let heat escape the body the fastest.
- Put rugs over your hardwood and tile floors
Carpets help prevent heat loss through your floors and are warmer to the touch than hard surfaces.
- Insulate your attic
Heat naturally rises and escapes through your attic. Add extra insulation in your attic to hold that heat inside your home.
- Prepare meals in your oven
You’re going to eat food, so you might as well prepare it in a way that will help to heat your home. When it is finished cooking, leave the oven door open for a few minutes to utilize the extra heat; just make sure to keep children out of the kitchen!
Moving produces body heat and helps your blood circulate better, keeping your fingers and toes warm! A short session of vigorous exercise can warm your body and keep it warm for a long period of time. A healthy body better tolerates the cold, too.
- Prepare for bedtime
You can drop the thermostat at night and still stay comfortable if you prepare your bedroom routine. Wear warm pajamas and socks. Use Simply Organic Bamboo bedding as it will adjust to your body temperature and regulate your body heat throughout the night. Keep a thick robe and slippers by your bed for when you wake up.
You shouldn’t have to spend the chilly seasons worrying over your ever-increasing utility bills. Follow some of these tips and watch your heating costs lower. Spend your money and time making memories with the people that truly matter the most in your life. We at Simply Organic Bamboo wish you a safe and happy winter!