Now that it’s October, it’s time to start preparing for chillier weather! Instead of letting the cooler air invade your wallet, cut down on costs with a few simple changes.
Protect Your Windows
Your windows are a leading cause of heat loss during the colder months. In order to keep the heat in and the cold out, cover windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet. You can also tape a clear plastic film around the inside of your windows, making sure that the plastic is sealed tightly.
Get Comfortable with the Thermostat
Learning how to manage your thermostat is very important when it comes to cutting costs. While you want to keep your house warm, keep in mind you can use a sweatshirt or blanket for added warmth without cranking up the heat.
The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 68 degrees during cold months and to turn your heat down when you are not home. Turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save you 5 to 15 percent on your heating bill each year.
Utilize the Sun
Use sunlight to naturally heat your home. Although the sunshine is not nearly as hot in the winter, opening curtains and blinds to allow for sunlight to enter your home can also help with your heating bill. It is also a great way cut down on your electric bill by providing natural light.
Get an HVAC Check-up
Schedule routine maintenance for your system to ensure it will keep you warm through the cold months. Replace your furnace filter once a month or as is needed. When the filter is dirty, air flow is restricted, costing your more money.
Caulk or add weather stripping around windows and doors to seal air leaks that can cause a draft. Check for air leaks around utility cut-through pipes, gaps around chimneys, and unfinished places. You can also add insulation to your attic to keep more warm air inside.
Don’t Forget Your Car!
Be sure to maintain your vehicle in order to keep it running smoothly during the cooler months. Check your antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid and install new wiper blades. Schedule oil changes and be sure your tires are filled in order to save you from unnecessary expenses.
Winter is coming… stay warm!