Thanks to unseasonably warm weather, my heating bills are ridiculously low. As good as it feels to get heating bills smaller than a car payment, I am still taking measures to save money on my energy costs this winter. Here are some of my favorite strategies for saving money on heating.
- There is no reason to keep your home toasty warm while you are out at work all day. Turn down the thermostat by 3 to 5 degrees when you are going to be gone for extended periods of time.
- Invest in a decent space heater. If you know you are going to spend a lot of time in one room, say working on the computer in the home office or embracing your inner couch potato with a TV marathon, use the space heater to keep that room a little warmer than the other spaces in your home.
- Block drafts with old worn out towels. Roll up a towel lengthwise and lay it up against doors that connect to the cold outdoors. Do the same for any windows that are so drafty you can feel the cold seeping in where the window meets the bottom window sill.
- Keep your winter coat on indoors. Just kidding! Dress in layers. Leggings under stretchy pants, a turtleneck under a long sleeve shirt etc., will help retain body heat and help you feel warmer.
- Keep blankets and throws near places you like to camp out, like your favorite reading spot. A stylish throw that looks good enough to leave out does double duty as home décor.
- Get moving. Pop an exercise DVD into the player to heat up your body and keep the calories from holiday goodies from going straight to your hips. Simply walking up and down indoor stairs is also a fast and easy form of exercise.