For most homeowners, energy expenditures make up a sizable chunk of the monthly budget, surpassed only by the house payment and grocery bill. This is especially true in the wintertime.
If you want to keep your energy bills down as cold weather sets in, you’ll need to find ways to reduce the amount of energy you use. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to cut back your energy use this winter. Most are inexpensive and some are even free. Here are a few simple tips to help save yourself some money and reduce your impact on the environment this coming winter.
Rather than turn up the heat when you’re feeling chilly, try adding some layers instead. A thick sweater, warm fuzzy socks or slippers, and cozy throw blankets can go a long way toward warming you up. After all, who doesn’t love cuddling up on the couch on a cold winter’s day? Add a warm drink and a good book, and you’re all set!
Take Advantage of Free Energy
One of the easiest ways to aid in heating your home this winter is to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. Let the sun pour in your south-facing windows during the daylight hours to aid in heating your home, then close the curtains when the sun sets to help keep in the heat. Consider replacing thinner summer curtains with thick, heavy draperies or insulated curtains for better heat retention.
Lower the Thermostat
By lowering the temperature in your home by 10 to 15 degrees at night while you’re sleeping, you can save an average of 10 percent on your yearly heating bill, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy. A programmable thermostat makes this task even easier, as you can set it to turn the heat down when you’re getting ready for bed, then raise it back up at the usual time you wake. As an added bonus, you’ll sleep better too, as studies have shown that the optimal temperature for a good night’s sleep is 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Get Ready for Winter With Handyman Connection
If you need help preparing your home for winter, take advantage of Handyman Connection’s local handyman services. Give us a call at 1-800-88-HANDY and a professional will take care of all the energy-saving projects you don’t have the time or expertise to do yourself.