Everyone likes to save some money during the holiday season. Expensive feasts, countless gifts, and hefty energy bills add up at this time of year. You can make the financial burden of the holidays easier this year by taking steps to heat your home efficiently and reduce your monthly energy bill.
Unblock Your Heat Source
The heat produced from your furnace is blown through metal air ducts that travel throughout your home and emerge from vents. People often place furniture in front of or on top of these vents because of where the vents are positioned within the room. Blocking these vents keeps the warm air from circulating within your home. Rearranging your furniture to unblock air vents will help you to heat your home efficiently.
Open Your Curtains To Heat Your Home Efficiently
When the cold winter weather settles in, your first instinct may be to turn on your furnace and keep it running day and night to warm your home. While this is an effective way to get your home warm and toasty, it isn’t very friendly to your monthly energy bill.
There’s a trick you can use to heat your home efficiently that won’t cost you anything: simply open your curtains during the day. Sunlight shining in your windows will brighten your rooms and warm them up. At night, shut the curtains to give your windows extra insulation.
Program Your Thermostat
Furnaces and thermostats are effective at heating your home but may not heat your home efficiently. Simply put, a thermostat detects the temperature in your home and will tell your furnace to turn on when the air in your home drops to a set temperature.
But there are times of the day when you don’t need the home to be so warm, like when you are at work or sleeping under heavy blankets. Program your thermostat to match your daily schedule. By giving the furnace a break for hours of the day, you will save energy.
Weatherize Your Home
Cold drafts can be a drain on your home’s energy bill. They come through gaps and cracks in the structure of your home. These gaps allow cold air to enter your home while warm air escapes. This exchange of air makes your heating system have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Luckily, there are simple and affordable ways for you to seal these gaps and heat your home efficiently. Gaps tend to form around outside doors and windows. Adhesive weatherstripping can be purchased at any home improvement store and is easy to install. Seal up smaller cracks with caulk.
Lower The Overall Temperature
Keeping your home excessively warm causes a large jump in your energy usage. To heat your home efficiently, start keeping your home a few degrees cooler than usual. Lowering your thermostat by 1° can save you up to 3% on your monthly energy bill. You may be surprised that you don’t even notice one less degree and can lower it more.