If you’re like most people, you reach for the thermostat as soon as the temperature drops. While this is an effective method to stay warm, it’s also a costly one. To keep you from breaking the bank, we’ve compiled a few strategies that will make saving money in winter a (warm) breeze.
Lower Your Thermostat Settings
Keeping your home toasty at all times is a great way to spend the winter season, but many people turn up the heat more than they need to. Try setting the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night, and then move it up a little each day to reach a comfortable temperature if that isn’t warm enough.
Keep Your Home Airtight
Air leaks can cost you money each month because your heating equipment will run longer. Look for leaks around the edges of your doors and windows, in addition to your electrical outlets and ductwork, and get them sealed to stop warm air from escaping.
Don’t Forget to Close the Flue
If your home is equipped with a fireplace, this is an excellent way to stay warm on chilly nights. However, if you neglect to close the flue, then it’s basically like leaving a window wide open. If the fireplace isn’t in use, make sure that the flue is shut.
Use Blankets and Sweaters
While a blanket or sweater probably won’t suffice on an especially cold night, they are great alternatives when the weather isn’t unbearable. The best part about it is that they won’t cost you any money. Unless, of course, you use a heated blanket, though that only uses a small amount of energy.
Use Window Treatments
Window treatments will prevent warm air from seeping outside through the glass and will block the cold from getting in. If you don’t want to invest in window treatments, make sure you close your blinds or curtains. That won’t work quite as well, but it can still be effective.
For more expert advice on saving money during the winter, call the professionals at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We’ve been servicing the community of Yuma and the surrounding areas since 1952.