The following is a guest post from Toni of The Happy Housewife.
Winter is right around the corner and experts are predicting a colder than average season. This means higher than average energy bills too. Here are a few tips to help keep your bills lower this winter:
note: If you have a baby or toddler, please do not use blankets in their crib. It is worth paying the extra money on your bill to keep them safe and sound while sleeping.
- Turn the heat down at night. Check thrift stores or your mom’s attic for blankets to use on your beds. We pull out the down comforter every year in December. It allows us to keep the house a few degrees cooler at night.
- If you are the only one home during the day consider using a space heater for the room where you spend your time. You can warm your room, without paying to warm the rest of the home.
- Dress like it is winter. Wearing jeans and a sweater will allow you to turn down your thermostat a few degrees.
- Use the sun. Keep curtains open and let the sun naturally heat your home during the day. Shut them before the sun goes down to retain some of the heat.
- Consider investing in a pellet stove. While the initial investment is large, the savings over time is great. Depending on the size of your home you can heat the entire house using only the stove.
- Buy a blanket for the hot water heater. Many water heaters are located in the basement or garage, two areas that are colder in the winter. Investing in a blanket, which costs under $30 allows the heater to use less energy keeping the water warm.
- Start baking. Using your oven is a great way to heat up the kitchen and eating areas of your home. Plan meals that are cooked in the oven or the crock pot to create extra warmth in the kitchen.
- Buy a programmable thermostat. These are relatively inexpensive and give you better control of the temperature of your home.
- Weatherproof your home. Check windows and doors for drafty spots. Using a window snake is an inexpensive way to prevent heat loss through windows and doors.
What are you doing this winter to save money on your utility bills?
Toni is a military wife and homeschooling mom of seven children. You can find her writing about frugal tips, homeschooling, military life, crafting, and healthy cooking at her blog, The Happy Housewife.