Winter is coming. As the temperatures start to take a dip, here are some cheap, simple and inexpensive ways to keep warm and cut back on heating bills.
Most of these heating tips cost less than $50. Now we are not talking about replacing old windows and filling the attic with insulation, but here are 7 ways you can keep your house warmer this winter.
Change Your Furnace Filters
Furnace filters keep the air in your home clean by preventing dangerous particles from floating around inside your home. However, over time, the do get dirty and need replaced. This can cause the blower motor to work harder and keeps the air from circulating. Change your filters about every 45 days during the heating season. Cost: $6 per filter.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
It’s the easiest way to save money and you’re saving energy all day long and not doing anything! Forget the dial and go with an inexpensive digital programmable thermostat. The temperature can be set for an all day long temperature or adjust it by the hour. If you want to kick up a couple degrees before you wake up, you can do that. Want the temperature lower when you go to sleep, you can do that too. Cost $35.
Put A Rug Down By The Doors
Yup, just like at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. People just don’t use rugs like they use to. You can get a nice 3×5 rug for your doorway that will down the draft and the muddy floors. Put one in the kitchen too. Cost $25.
Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector
Everyone has a smoke detector these days, but it is incredibly important that you have a carbon monoxide or CO detector too. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless deadly gas. About 500 people lose their lives in their home each year in the US. Cost $30.
Close Your Curtains And Blinds At Night
And open them on sunny days in the winter. During the day, leave your curtains and blinds open to let the sunlight in and heat up your house. During the night, close them to keep the heat inside. Cost 0 dollars.
Schedule Your Annual Furnace Maintenance
Most of us can change a furnace filter, but what about everything else that goes into maintaining your furnace? You probably need a professional for that. They will check for any loose wire, vacuum out the dust and dirt and inspect the flame and sensors. If you have a new filter ready, they will probably put that in for you too. Cost $70.
Boil Water On Your Stove To Increase Humidity
Simple and effective way to raise the humidity in your home. Just bring the water to a boil, and then let it evaporate. Now you can probably find a cheap humidifier at Lowes or Home Depot for under $30, but this way is FREE! Cost 0 dollars.
Saving Money Counts When The Bill Comes Due
This heating season, make sure your home is ready to save on energy costs. It can be hard to heat your home and still be comfortable. All the while trying not to have a heating bill that is through the roof. We hope these tips help you find savings to get you through the winter.
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