Winter costs don’t just include holiday gifts, travel and new winter coats for the family. It also includes energy loss in your home, which can cost a ton. Here’s a few easy ways to save money and keep your family from freezing at the same time.
- Run your fans in reverse. Most ceiling fans come with a switch at the base of the fan that allows clockwise circulation makes your room warmer as air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space.
- Watch the thermostat. Remembering to turn the temperature down a few degrees could mean big savings – According to Popular Mechanics, “for every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you’ll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill.” You can also buy programmable thermostats for as low as $50.
- Cuddle up. Putting on extra layers instead of upping the temp in your house can save you money and body heat. A light long sleeve shirt adds about 2 degrees while a thick sweater adds 4. Turn that into savings and warmth!
- Give drafts the boot. Roll up a towel and place it at the bottom of your door, or Google how to make a DIY “draft snake.” A great way to save money and entertain the kids on those long snow days!