It is easy to spend a lot of money during the cold winter months. Between holiday shopping, keeping your house warm in the cold, snowy weather and the extravagant meals served for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, one can discover that when Spring arrives, they are deep in debt. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several ways to save money, and the easiest way is to run a more energy efficient home.
1. Keep your furnace running optimally by scheduling a preseason cleaning and inspection. A clean, well maintained furnace is an efficient furnace.
2. Make sure to change your furnace filter regularly. A clogged, dirty furnace will cause your furnace to have to work harder to heat your home. Mark on your calendar or set a reminder on your cell phone so this important task is not overlooked.
3. Set your thermostat a few degrees cooler than you normally would. It is amazing how much money can be saved by lowering the thermostat and putting on a sweater or a blanket.
4. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, this can go a long way to saving you money on heating your home. Make sure to have your chimney cleaned every year, or after roughly 60 fires, to keep your home safe and secure.
5. Check your windows for drafts. If you discover your windows are not tight, use insulated window film to prevent heat loss through your windows.
6. Close the heat vents and keep the doors closed to rarely used rooms. Only heating the part of the house you use most often can save a lot of money.
It is not difficult to save money on home heating. In this case an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. And you may even have some extra money once Spring arrives.