Stay Warm, Save Money
Welcome back! Fall is my favorite season, there is so many things to do with my kids, apple picking, pumpkin picking, Pumpkin Spice Latte (that’s just for mom), trick or treating, cuddling up with a blanket on the couch. The list of things I love to do goes on. However, the main thing that makes fall so great is the sweater weather, there’s nothing like early morning fall air. I could see why many people wouldn’t like the colder weather because with it comes an increase in your thermostat which means an increase in your bills. But just because winter is coming and temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean that we need to use an excess amount of heat. I have a few trick that I do every winter to help me save energy and money while trying to keep my house warm.
- Use the sun for free heat– Even though it’s winter that doesn’t mean that the sun is gone. It’s still out there. So open your blinds and allow the UV lights to come in during the day and heat your home.
- Use heavy blinds– Heavy blinds are a good investment to make, when it starts to get colder at night and the sun goes down put the blinds down to make sure your heat is not escaping from the windows.
- Make sure your furnace is not blocked – You want to make sure that nothing is in the way and your heat can come out full force. I would also suggest making sure your furnace is cleaned regularly.
- Programmable thermostat– Another good investment to make would be a programmable thermostat that will lower or raise the heat depending on what time it is and whether or not your home.
- Maintain your HVAC system– It’s important to keep your HVAC system up to date. For more information on what to do with your HVAC system in the winter check out http://www.bpgroup.com/hvacwinterization-2/.
- Use your fans– I know you wouldn’t usually think to use your fans in the winter but if you set the fans to operate clockwise the warm air that collects at the top of the ceiling will be pushed back down into the room.
I hope that some of these tips help get you through this winter with a lower bill than ever! If you have any energy saving tips for the winter I’m always excited to learn new things, so feel free to share them with me. I will leave you with this fun fact, when decorating you house this holiday season use led lights because they are more energy efficient and will last longer than incandescent lighting.
Here’s a fun video of LED Halloween lights!