In the cold, winter season, you want to either stay snuggled up in your comfortable blankets or you want your home to be well heated so that you don’t feel the chills of the cold weather. Heating is very important in the winter weather and it’s the most energy consuming activity that takes place in the winters. You cannot not use the heating because the cold will freeze you and you don’t want to be paying massive amounts of electricity bills either. So what to do?
Well, here are some tips to help you reduce your heating bills.
1. Sun and Insulation
You must utilize the sun for some natural warmth. Even the winter sun can be quite effective in warming the home and your rooms. If you have windows and doors facing the south, open the blinds and curtains to let the sunlight into your home and make it warm.
You should also ensure that the moment it gets dark, you cover your windows and doors with blinds or curtains for insulation. Remember that the thicker the fabric, the better the insulation. The windows and doors in the north direction should be kept covered and closed at all times in the winters. You can use dual shade curtains which are white on one side and a darker color on the other. This way they can be reversed to the white side to reflect heat in warm weather and dark sides to absorb heat in cold weather.
2. No Heating Required in an Empty House
Once you’re out of the house, your heating should stop as well. There is no point heating an empty home and just building your bill. You should get a programmable thermostat which you don’t have to remember to turn off each time you’re leaving the home.
3. Wear Extra Layers
Keeping the heating temperature low will save you more energy and you can add a layer of clothing on yourself to keep you warm. If you’re on a tight budget it’s better to add some thick woolen socks and sweaters so that you don’t have to run your heating on a high temperature and add costs. It is also wise to switch off heating when you’re going to bed. You can use thick blankets and quilts for the night and save on the heating cost.
4. Space Heaters
Don’t underestimate the power of a space heater to warm a particular space and reduce your heating bills. A space heater is a great choice for heating a space that is most often used by family members or if you’re living alone. It’s available at cheap rates in the market and the bill of heating is going to be way less than what the entire heating of the home is going to cost you. This portable heater is also very convenient to move to whichever room you’re sitting in. The benefit of this is that you’re only heating the place which you are occupying and not paying for the unnecessary heating of the entire home, which can cost a lot. Apart from these tips, there are small things that you should keep in mind like ensuring that nothing is blocking the air duct or the warm air is not hitting a window glass directly because this will mean a wastage of the warm air. It will not get circulated and will not be able to heat the room. You must ensure that the warm air produced by your heating has enough space to flow freely and reach all corners of the room.