Even though Spring is on the way (we hope!), parts of the country are still going through a deep freeze. As the fourth month of cold weather heating bills are arriving (and may have some of us breaking out into a cold sweat) there are ways to conserve energy and save money until Spring finally arrives! Here are some simple tips:
Dress Warm. Turn your thermostat down a few degrees during the day and wear a warm sweater instead… or put that Snuggie you got for Christmas to good use! By turning down the heat by five degrees and bundling up, you may save up to $300 this winter!
Keep Blinds Drawn. Your blinds can help keep heat inside your home. Only open your blinds if it’s sunny. Otherwise, keep ‘em drawn when it’s overcast.
Maintain Your Furnace. Be sure to get your furnace cleaned and regularly checked. If it’s old, consider upgrading to a newer, energy-efficient model. The switch can save you up to $300 or more each winter and best of all it’s better for our planet too.
Program the Thermostat. Pull out the thermostat’s programming guide (yes, the one you’ve avoided learning how to do) and set your thermostat a few degrees lower when you’re not at home; then program it to come on an hour before you get home. You can buy a programmable thermostat (if you don’t have one already) for about $60. You will more than make up that cost in one winter alone.
About the Author: Sarah is a Communications Manager for http://www.DiaperShops.com, one of the largest cloth diapering boutiques online. She writes for DiaperSwappers.com about how families can become more green.