5 Tips To Save Money on Heating Costs This Winter

The New Year is here and the New Year came in cold. While North Carolina enjoyed a mild late fall, it feels like Old Man Winter is moving into the Tar Heel state more and more each day. Dropping temperatures means rising heating costs, but with a few simple steps, you can make sure those costs don’t skyrocket this winter. Below we have listed tips and links to websites that will have you preparing your home to save money today. If you have any tips of your own, please share them with us in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

  1. Break Out The Sweaters, Slippers and Long Johns
    Instead of blasting your thermostat up, just break out all your sweaters, sweatshirts, long johns, fuzzy socks, slippers and blankets. Keeping your house a few degrees cooler than normal will save you money. Wearing more of the cold weather gear you already have will cost you nothing.
  2. Cook, Eat, Heat
    If you prepare a meal or even some cookies, don’t shut the oven after you’re done. Let some of the heat escape into your house. If you have small children running around, this may not be a good option for you, but if your place only has adults within the walls, let your oven take a little work off your heating system.
  3. Heat Your Main Hang Out
    If you normally hang out in the living room in the evenings as a family, look into purchasing a space heater. Focus on heating the room you spend the most time in instead of heating the whole house. With all this being said, make sure you use your space heater exactly how it is intended to be used. Read through the literature that comes with the unit. Check out some space heater safety tips here.
  4. Check Out Your Doors and Windows
    A lot of heat could be escaping through your doors and windows, so check them out. When you first check them, feel around to see if there are any drafts. If you have some drafts, you’d be amazed at how much money you can save by filling in the holes the drafts come through. Here is a great guide from the DIY Network on checking for drafts and what to do after you find them. Simple fixes that will save you money!
  5. Turn It Down
    If everyone leaves during the day time to go to school and work, just drop the thermostat before you leave. According to Mr. Electricty, re-heating a home does not cost more than keeping it constantly heated.

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