With winter fast approaching, here are some ideas on how to keep your home warm and snuggly while keeping your energy costs low!
Winter is almost upon us, and the focus is quickly shifting from keeping the heat out of our homes in summer to now keeping the heat inside. Heating your house over winter can be just as expensive and challenging as cooling your home over summer; particularly if you live in a particularly chilly location.
Below are 5 ways that can help you save money with regard to keeping your home warm this winter.
1. Reduce your energy cost
The first, and most important principle is trying to keep the cost of your energy prices down. For instance, you could switch providers to a cheaper deal, or even embrace the strength of the summer sun to provide solar power to your home.
2. Keep an eye on the thermostat
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to turn the thermostat so high your home is like walking into an oven… if you keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature and don’t give in to the instinct to set the temperature extremely high in order to instantly heat up instantly as soon as you walk through the door, you’ll save a lot of money on your energy bills.
3. Make use of the timer
The majority of modern thermostats come with a timer that allow you to program when you want the air conditioning or heating to kick in. If you have pets in the home, or people are coming in and out throughout the day, it makes sense to keep it on… but if you’re out at work and the house is left empty, there’s no point in spending all that money to keep your house warm all day if you’re not going to be there.
4. Limit the number of rooms you heat
There’s a good chance you spend most your time in just a few rooms of your house, and therefore probably don’t need to heat every single room.
5. Adapt your clothing
Many of us will have the heating on so high that we will need to take off a few layers. Just like in summer, we often turn our bedrooms into ice boxes; whilst it might be comfortable to walk around in shorts and t-shirt, in winter, it makes more sense to add a few layers, meaning you can keep your heating at a more relaxed temperature.
The other thing you might want to consider is changing your bedding, as the majority of us tend to get very hot in the night in summer but cold in the winter. It’s therefore important to adapt your bedding from summer sheets to winter sheets, and focus on layering, so you can easily take layers off in the night if you end up getting too hot or cold. This way, you can turn the heating off in your bedroom which will be healthier and more cost efficient.
Do you have any other tips and tricks to keep costs down while heating (or cooling) your home?