Winter is one of the most expensive times of the year, but with North America’s coldest winters for years, heating your home is a necessity. Unfortunately, this skyrockets the heating bill. However, there are many ways to warm up your home that are friendly to the environment, as well as your bank account.
Here are 14 tips for staying warm in winter without always having to crank up the thermostat!
1. Use a ceramic heater.
If there is a certain area of your home that is hard to heat, you’ll save money using a ceramic heater to heat up the area rather than turning up your furnace. Ceramic heaters are safer and more energy efficient than other types of portable heaters such as space heaters which are known to be dangerous and inefficient, and baseboard heaters, which eat up a lot of electricity.
2. Close your curtains at night.
In the winter months, keeping your curtains closed at night can help to prevent heat loss.
3. Get flannel bedsheets.
Flannel sheets will keep you warm, and they’re a great substitute for lightweight blankets during the cold winter months. Flannel sheets are made from a fabric that traps heat into the sheets. This means you can turn down the heating before you sleep, and you’ll see substantial savings each month on your heating bill.
4. Use a wheat bag.
Microwavable wheat bags were first developed as a safer alternative to rubber hot water bottles, due to the reduced risk of of scalding. They are a brilliant way to keep you warm.
5. Consider extra blankets.
If you’re considering getting extra blankets, avoid electric blankets. Although they are very functional and can keep you warm all night long for pennies, they are not recommended due to links to cancer and other safety concerns.
6. Leave the oven door open after cooking.
If you’ve been cooking, leaving the oven door open is a great way to warm up the entire kitchen area and may warm up the rest of the house, especially if you have an open plan kitchen. Make sure that you don’t have kids running around the house when you do so.
7. Use thermal lining paper.
If your home is not insulated, thermal lining paper creates a warm blanket for your walls and ceiling which significantly reduces room warm up time. It stops heat escaping through walls and ceilings, minimises condensation, mold and damp, and reduces your winter bills by allowing you to lower your thermostat.
8. Use drapes with insulated lining.
Drapes with insulated lining can cut your heating costs in half because they add to the insulation of the windows. They are a great option for preventing heat from escaping from your windows and preventing the cold air from getting in.
9. Install storm windows.
Storm windows increase the insulation of your home, and boost the energy-efficiency of your HVAC unit. According to the Department of Energy, storm windows can reduce overall home air leakage by 10 percent, and save you up to 33 percent on heating and cooling costs.
10. Close garage doors.
Keeping your garage door open during the winter months allows a draught to into the house in winter. When this happens, it means you will have to spend more energy to heat up your home.
12. Use a humidifier.
The air in our homes tends to be really dry in winter. Using a humidifier to increase the humidity level up to about 40 percent will increase the warmth of your home because humid air feels warmer than dry air. This helps to save money by allowing you to lower the thermostat during winter months. Place it away from walls as they work best when air circulates freely around them, and clean it often to prevent formation of mold and bacteria.
13. Install ceiling fans.
In Winter, ceiling fans can help circulate warm air around the room. Warm air always rises to the top, and if you have a high ceiling, you are losing heat every time you heat your home. When you use ceiling fans with a low setting to circulate heat, you will be saving money because it allows the room to stay warmer for a longer period of time.
14. Use a thermoplastic hot water bottle.
A thermoplastic hot water bottle is an ideal way to keep your bed warm when you are about to go to sleep. Slip it under your blanket for 5-10 minutes to heat up the inside of your bed before you get in. Don’t forget to remove it before you go to bed.