During the winter months, your heating usage is likely a substantial portion of your regular expenses. Consequently, keeping your cost as low as possible is a likely goal. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your home warm without busting your budget; here are some of the steps you can take.
Close the Shades
It's nice to have natural light in your home from time to time. Not only is it refreshing, but it can also help reduce your electrical burden. However, during the winter, keeping your windows open on cloudy days or at night can increase your heating costs by lowering the temperature in your home and causing you to rely on your heating system even more. Be cautious about when you choose to open your blinds or shades.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
It's wise to install a programmable thermostat in your home if you're looking to save money on your regular heating costs. A major way this feature helps you save is that it keeps you from heating a space that no one is occupying. During the day when you're at work, and your children are at school, you set the thermostat to automatically lower. About an hour before everyone comes home, you can set the thermostat to increase the temperature. You can even set the thermostat to adjust the temperature during the nighttime hours when you're in bed.
Adjust the Ceiling Fans
If you adjusted your ceiling fans over the summer, don't forget to adjust them again at the start of the cold season to help save on your heating costs. During the colder months, you want to change your fan to a clockwise position. In this direction, the fan will help redistribute the warm air by pushing it down towards you and drawing the colder air upwards. This step won't adjust the temperature in your home, but it will make you feel warmer.
It might not also hurt to wear socks while you're walking around your home. This is an especially important step if you have wood or other hard floors in your home as hard floors are generally colder than a carpeted floor. If you're walking barefoot, you might have the illusion that the house is cold when it really isn't. Placing socks or slippers on will make you feel warm and make you less likely to turn up the heat unnecessarily.
These are just some of the steps you can take to keep your home warmer, while also reducing your dependence on your heating system.