As temperatures begin to drop into the mid to low 40s overnight, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep warm without sending your heating bill through the roof. Here are some great tips to get you started.
Tip #1 – Let your window coverings do some of the work. Open your curtains or blinds during the day to let in natural heat from the sun. At night, close the curtains or blinds to hold in that heat.
Tip #2 – Reverse your ceiling fans. Fans should be turning clockwise in the winter to push warm air around the room.
Tip #3 – Move seating away from walls. Exterior walls can be a few degrees cooler than the interior of a room. Moving your seating away from chilly walls can keep you warmer, even on the coldest nights.
Tip #4 – Bake! Using your oven and leaving it open when you finish baking can add warmth to the room and who doesn’t love cookies?
Tip #5 – Insulate. Adding bubble wrap, plastic or other materials to windows can provide additional insulation during the colder winter months. Adding insulation in the attic can help too.
Tip #6 – Add blankets to the beds. Consider turning the heat down a few degrees and sleeping with more blankets. Statistics show you save about 3% on your energy bill for every degree you lower that thermostat.
Tip #7 – Add rugs to bare floors. Bare floors feel colder than carpet. Adding rugs will keep your feet warm and add warmth to the room.
Tip #8 – Use weather stripping or draft blockers to block draft doors and windows.
Houston winters aren’t the worst around but everyone can use a little extra cash around the holidays. Give these tips a try and leave a comment below to let us know how they work out.