Winter Is On It’s Way!

Blog / October 2, 2016 /

As we wrap up the month of September, we’re headed towards the cold season. Depending on where you are in the world you may not have to worry about this, and if you live south of the equator then it’s the opposite, but I feel like most of the people that are going to read this are headed towards bundle-up time. Up high in Canada they start building igloos and riding dog sleds to school! (just kidding, that’s a stereotype that’s a bit inaccurate, I find it a little amusing.)

So what are you guys doing to stay warm? Adding to your heating bill? Are you using space heaters?

I would like to point you in the right direction for heating your home conservatively.

 

1. First thing I want to say is to change your heating filters once a monthdoing this will maximize its efficiency and use the least amount of energy needed to power your heaters. Often heating bills rise substantially during the winter, so make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Depending on how much dirt build-up you have in your vents this can be very lucrative. So make sure you implement this, it’s easy, inexpensive, and goes a long way.

2. Did you know that simply opening your blinds and shades during the day is quite effective for obtaining heat? This is free and very easy, I recommend opening your blinds during the day and using the suns heat to maximize the heating in your house.

3. Something I’ve found to be very efficient over the years is buying several carpets and depending on how many bare floors you have in your house, cover them with carpet. If you’re house is large and all wood or tile, this may be a lot but it’s certainly a lot less than spending money heating your house all the time, buying a carpet is a one-time expense, whereas heat bills come every month.

4. Be careful with space heaters! Though they are convenient they suck up a ton of electricity. In fact a 1500 watt space heater will use more energy in a month than your actual heater, if used 24/7. I’m not saying not to use them, as they are lovely in the winter, just make sure you turn it off and unplug when you’re not in the room.

5. I sort of mentioned this is one of my previous posts, but this is more stressing the importance of managing your thermostat. Keep it as low as you can to feel comfortable, and even if you keep in 10 degrees lower and wear a sweater, you will save thousands of dollars over time. It’s nice to wear shorts and a t-shirt all the time, but you have to ask yourself if it’s worth paying more money to do so.

6. More on your thermostat, turn it right down when you leave your house. Maybe don’t turn it off as your house will probably get pretty cold, but back to how utility companies make their money; from all those unnecessary things you don’t give a whole lot of thought to.

Just a few more tips for you guys, it’s been a while and it felt like the right time to provide a little more information that everyone can utilize. If you have anything you would like me to share with the public that’s easy and affordable to save you money, contact me and I’ll publish it, as long as it has value.

See you guys soon!

-Cynthia Carter