1. Secure the doors
Prevent drafts of cold air from entering your home by using a “draft snake.” You make one yourself by rolling up a towel or filling a pouch of fabric with sand. They are also readily available for purchase online and in your local hardware store.
2. Caulk away
Caulk gaps in your windows and siding. Even the smallest holes can create drafts in your home. Seal them keep the heat in and energy costs down.
3. Replace your thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can save you up to 30% on your energy bill. Set it to turn the heat on just before you or the kids come home and turn the heat down just before bed. This prevents your furnace from running while you’re away or while you’re sleeping. (BONUS: some studies show it’s healthier to sleep in a cold room!)
4. Seal windows
If your windows are older than you, it is likely time to replace them, but that can be a huge expense. In the interim, use a weatherproofing kit for your windows to keep the warm air inside!
5. Replace your furnace filter
Using dirty filters restricts airflow and in turn uses more energy. By replacing your filter you will keep you energy costs down and have the added benefit of keeping allergens and dust at bay.
6. Close your fireplace damper
If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed unless you are using it. Leaving the damper open creates the perfect exit for warm air and an entry for cold drafts.
7. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
You can easily switch your ceiling fan’s direction. Run your fan clockwise in the winter, to pull warm air down, and counterclockwise in the summer. Most fans have a switch on the base to change the direction.
8. Use heavy curtains
Hanging heavy curtains and keeping them closed, will helped to keep your home insulated. Curtains can be used in addition to sealing your windows or in place of, as a more fashionable way to keep your home insulated.
9. Shut vents in unused rooms
If you have rooms that don’t get used regularly, keep the doors closed and the vents shut. There’s no need to spend money to heat unused space. When you need to use the room, heat them up quickly by opening the vents and the doors.
10. Dress warmly
Keep the heat lower by staying cozy in warm socks and sweaters. Using your body heat to stay warm means your heating bill will be lower. (Tip: Turn the thermostat up before guests come over!)
We hope you enjoy the chilly season and our tips help you keep warm! A few simple projects can have a big effect on your energy bill!