While we are always looking for ways to save money by home-proofing our homes, there are so many ways to just save money by being sensible. However, the winter time usually means cranking up the thermostat and getting in our comfy slippers and waiting for the storms to pass, and worrying about the next heating bill. If you are a creative type of person, or if you just like to knit and sew, there are some things you can do to cut down on the heating bill, and also keeping yourself warm!
Getting Thicker Drapes
We lose a lot of heat through our windows, especially if we don’t have double-glazing. Purchasing thick drapes is a great option to keep the heat in the house as the dense layers will stop any heat from escaping. Even if you are not armed with cash in this post-Christmas period, you can buy some fleece or even PVC shower curtains to add onto your existing curtains! The challenge
in adding shower curtains to your drapes will be if you can make it look
attractive enough! You can do this over your doors too, especially if you have
big panes of glass in your doors.
Keep Your Thermostat Constant
When we get colder, we are always tempted to turn the heating up! But if you are money conscious at the moment, try and maintain the same temperature for the house. This will not only save you money on your heating bill, but any sudden changes in temperature will cause issues if there are extremes in temperature outside, such as freezing weather. Turning up your heating by 1 degree can add $45 to your heating bill at the end of the year, so by setting a constant and sticking to it will help you to acclimatize to the temperature and save you money. If your home has issues with heat escaping through the floor, such as stone or laminate flooring, you can purchase Underfloor Heating Kits for a good price. If you find it hard on your feet when you get out of bed in the morning, having one of these kits is one way to make the day a bit more bearable, especially if you need to get up early.
Other Things That Cause Your Bills To Rise
It’s not just about keeping warm while keeping the bills down. There are other things that you can cut back on, in terms of habits, to help you cut back on expenses. For example, if you look in your fridge and browse what you may want for dinner, it can cost you between $12 and $24 a year. So by deciding what you want before opening the fridge, it will save you some change! If you need to reheat some leftovers, using the microwave uses 50% less energy than the oven. The other option is to use all of your oven shelves at the same time to cut back on unnecessary usage.
There are things to help cut back on expenses this winter, and they require some pre-planning. Enjoy your comfy slippers!