April 15, 2015

9 Tips to Get You and Your Wallet Through the Remaining Cold Months

9 Tips to Get You and Your Wallet Through the Remaining Cold MonthsAlthough spring is quickly approaching, the cold tends to linger in the Charlotte area. Seeking shelter indoors is a great method to escape the uncomfortable temperatures, but warming your home can use a large sum of energy and cost a lot of money.

The good news is that there are strategic approaches that you can take in order to not only make your home more comfortable but also to save you money in the process. By following the 9 practical tips outlined in this guide, you will save money and live more comfortably at home during the few remaining cold months.

1. Take advantage of a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats can be very advantageous. One of their primary purposes is to control the temperature in your home automatically in order to save you money over time. Be sure to program the thermostat correctly, and leave it alone afterward. Overriding the settings regularly will prevent the thermostat from doing its job. Setting the thermostat at a maximum of 68ºF is recommended for hours when the home will be occupied.

2. Reduce the temperature when away

This tip goes along with the previous one. By programming your thermostat to lower by 10ºF to 15ºF for 8 or more hours a day, you can save up to 15 percent on your heating bill. If you program your thermostat to raise the temperature to your desired temperature approximately 15 minutes before you return home, it will be comfortable by the time you arrive.

3. Dress warmly

Another great tip for staying warm and saving money is to simply dress warmly. If you do this, then you will feel warm regardless of the temperature in your home. It is not suggested to ignore your heating system and simply dress warmly. However, if you drop your thermostat by a few degrees when you’re home and supplement the difference with warm clothing, you can see a noticeable difference on your heating bill.

4. Cover unused doors and windows

Windows and doors can allow a surprising amount of cold draft into your home. Covering them in plastic can be a great way to minimize the amount of unwanted cold wind that blows into your home.Check for these window kits at your local hardware or home supply store. If you cannot find them, old blankets can work well too.

5. Use a space heater when only using one room

Space heaters are a great method of heating efficiently when you only want to heat one room in your home. Generally, space heaters use less energy than central heat when heating only one or two rooms. Utilize this smart option to save money and stay warm.

6. Seal any cracks in doors, windows, or walls

Small cracks can appear over time in doors, around windows, and on walls as a home settles. Although these cracks are typically small and may go unnoticed, it’s important to do your best to find them and seal them with caulk or silicone. It’s surprising how much heat can escape through such little cracks!

7. Leave the oven open after use

Do you use your oven to cook at home? After you are finished and have turned the device off, leave the oven door slightly open to let the heat escape into the rest of the room. This will allow the excess heat to warm your kitchen and adjacent rooms of your home.

8. Close vents and doors to rooms not in regular use

Closing off vents and doors to rooms that are not used regularly is a strategic approach that can essentially reduce the amount of square footage that your system has to heat. By closing off the vents and doors, the system can direct more heat to the centralized areas of the home.

9. Cover the attic entry

We all learned in school that heat rises. This is one of the ways that heat escapes from your home. The heat can find its way up through the attic and escape from your roof. To trap in as much heat as possible, cover the attic entrance with old blankets, plastic, or any other material that will help to keep the heat where it belongs.

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