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How To Keep Your House Warm Without Turning Up the Heat

Dec 11, 2015
Diane Hoffmaster

How to keep your house warm without turning up the heat 

Heating costs are on the rise and trying to keep our electric bills within budget is getting more and more difficult. The more energy we use to heat our homes, the greater our carbon footprint becomes. If you would like to cut back on the cost and energy usage required to keep your house warm, here are a few things you should do:

1.  Seal leaks around your home: If you turn on your heater, only to have that heat escape from under your front door, you are wasting money and resources. Use caulk around windows and install draft guards under your doors. Keeping the heat you generate inside will help keep your house warmer this winter.

2.  Invest in home updates: There are many upgrades to your home that can cut your heating bill this winter. Install storm windows and lay down more insulation in the attic.  Add more insulation around the ductwork in your home and replace air filters in your central heating system so it runs more efficiently. While these home repairs may cost a little bit, you will eventually be able to heat your home for significantly less money.  

3.  Optimize your cooking and baking schedule: Turning on the oven is a great way to warm up your kitchen. Plan on doing your bread baking in the morning, when you can enjoy the added heat, rather than right before bed. Baking a few cookies or a nice pot roast on the weekend is a great way to heat up your home while feeding your family!

4. Choose the right d├ęcor: Adding a ceiling fan to your home will help keep the heat lower to the ground where you need it. Thick curtains on the windows will help keep the heat inside your home. Just remember to open them up to let the sun shine in during the day! A nice thick rug on your wooden floors can minimize heat loss into the basement or crawl space.  

5.  Choose the best time to heat your home: There is no reason to heat your home during the work day when no one is at home to enjoy it. Heating the house up at night when you are under the covers is also a waste of money. Install a programmable thermostat and choose your heating schedule wisely!

Do you have any tips for heating your home efficiently?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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