Want to know some easy ways to save money this winter? Check these these super awesome cold weather hacks to stay warm this winter!
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Depending on where you live, you may already start to feel the cold chill of the winter months ahead.
And we keep hearing how this might be the coldest winter we’ve had in awhile.
We get a wet chill where we live in the Pacific Northwest, so now is as good a time as any to start preparing our home for the cold weather.
I mean, we’re spending just about all our time at home these days, so our heating bill is a bit higher than usual. Especially since our kids tend to leave the front door wide open.
Here are ten cold weather hacks that will help you stay warm this winter.
10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill
1. Be smart with your thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat can be the difference between saving a few dollars and saving hundreds on your electric bill!
A smart thermostat can let you utilize your heat and keep your home cooler when you’re asleep or away.
2. Run your ceiling fan in reverse
This will help circulate the heat in your home because, after all, heat rises!
Many people think turning on the fan will cool their home, but it can do just the opposite!
This is especially helpful to disperse the heat if you frequently use your fireplace or woodstove.
3. Utilize the oven to heat up your house
When you’re baking or cooking with your oven, let the door stay cracked while it cools.
This will not only heat up your home but bring the scents of your delicious meal throughout the house.
We do the same thing with our toaster oven, even though it’s not as powerful.
4. Open the blinds and curtains when the sun is out
The sun, even through a window, can heat up your home! This is perfect for days when it’s sunny.
Use every last minute of sunlight you can get and close your blinds at night.
5. Dress in layers
If you’re still cold, it could be that you don’t have enough clothes on!
Dressing in layers or even adding a blanket on top of yourself can save you from having to turn up the thermostat.
Wearing thick socks or slippers can keep your feet warm and wearing a knit cap can help you retain some heat.
6. Make sure your doors and windows are sealed well
A drafty door or window will keep your home from being that cozy warm temperature you’ve dreamed of!
Make sure that you seal those drafty places before it starts getting cold.
If you need a quick fix, you can always put a rolled towel or blanket in front of your door to help block the heat from escaping.
7. Eat and drink hot foods
These will not only help heat you up on the inside but the outside too! Think of hot beverages like tea or coffee and hot meals like soups.
We like to keep a pot of Beef Stew simmering on the stove to enjoy for lunch and dinner.
Sometimes, I just drink hot water in the afternoons to stay warm and hydrated.
8. Get up and get moving
With very little sunlight and little desire to go outdoors, getting moving can be challenging during the winter.
But, by getting your body up and moving, you can start heating up your body!
Try turning on some music and having a little dance party to get your blood circulating.
9. Close off unused rooms
Save that precious heat for the rooms that need it!
When you’re not using a room, close the door! Especially if you have a lot of unused rooms in your home.
And if you have guest rooms or a basement that isn’t occupied, you can even close the vents off for those spaces to save on heat.
10. Make sure your vents aren’t blocked
Is your couch or other furniture covering a vent? Make sure that these aren’t blocked so that you can get adequate airflow throughout your home.
Vents are sometimes in odd places, so check all-around your house.
You don’t have to crank up the thermostat to stay warm during the winter months.
With these handy cold weather hacks and tricks, you’ll be able to keep warm without spending too much on your electric bill.