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Save Money This Winter.
SAVE MONEY THIS WINTER
Save Money This Winter
It is getting close to winter time! Everyone knows what that means too. More pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks, the return of Ugg boots, the joy of fresh hot coco with marshmallows making up half the cup, and all of the Santa Claus’ out there collecting money with the bells. I personally L. O. V. E. the winter time and all the joy that comes with the holidays and family time.
Unfortunately another thing that comes with the winter is increased utility bills from the heater, the excessive amount of lights scattered across the lawns during Christmas, oh and did I mention the fact that apparently winter is the holiday of giving? I personally love giving gifts every year but I have to scrounge up the money to do it from time to time.
Regardless of your reason for wanting to save money this winter, there are many ways you can help lower your costs to help you afford whatever it is your saving for. Also check out these related articles for earning a little extra money and saving on your travel this year!
15 Ways to Save Money This Winter
1. Use the Sun For Heat
You have a wonderful source of heat coming from the Sun everyday, why not use it? During the day, while the Sun is out, open your blinds to allow the warmth to naturally fill your home. This way you don’t have to use the heater all day! When night time rolls around, close your blinds so you can help trap some of that heat in.
2. Bundle Up
Instead of running your heater to help keep you warm during the day and night, try adding more layers of clothing. You can also wrap yourself in a blanket, or two, or THREE! That’s one of my favorite parts of winter, you can always add more clothing, unlike the summer where you can only take so much off!
3. Use Ceiling Fans
Yes you heard me correctly. Your ceiling fan is not just used for the summer. If you want to utilize your ceiling fan during the winter months, set your fan to turn clockwise (as you’re looking up at it). Make sure it is on a low speed setting as well. Doing this will allow the fan to pull the room air up which will push the warm air back down. In case you didn’t already know, warm air rises to the ceiling and I can’t speak for any of you, but I spend the majority of my time on the ground.
4. Turn the Thermostat Down
Now this sounds like a no-brainer but it really helps. If you aren’t running the heat in your house all day, your utility bill will go down. Just make sure to use some of the, already mentioned, ways to stay warmer without the use of a heater. You can look at saving 2 to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you drop your thermostat!
5. Only Heat the Rooms You Use
I’m sure the majority of you occupy most of the rooms in the house. If you’re like me though, no significant other, no kids, no pets, and really just spend all of your time alone (I keep telling myself it will get better lol) then you have rooms in your home that are never used. Close your vent covers in those rooms so that you aren’t heating unused space. Be sure to change that before company comes over or they may wake you in the middle of the night because they almost froze!! (YIKES!)
6. Use a Humidifier
The use of a humidifier during the winter will not only allow you to turn your thermostat lower and still feel warmer, it can also save you money in other ways as well. Because humidifiers add moisture into the air, it can help prevent you from chapped and/or cracked lips. So you won’t spend nearly as much on chapstick. It also helps prevent your throat from drying up as well as your nasal passages. This, depending on how sick you get, can help save you some trips to the doctors office. Even though I am sure EVERYONE loves going to the doctors! Just KIDDING I can’t stand going!!
7. Check Furnace Filter
Ok first let me start by saying, a furnace filter, is going to be the same filter as your air filter. They are the same thing! So you should be changing it out regularly but if you aren’t, this is a tip for you! Making sure you have a clean air filter will help allow better airflow into your heating unit. It also helps keep your air cleaner and debris free!
8. Invest in Insulation
If you are walking around your house, especially around doors, windows, or your attic and you notice a very cool breeze then you need to get rid of it! During the winter months, you want to heat your house and prevent the inside from being exposed to the conditions outside. Adding or updating the insulation in your attic can help prevent heat from escaping. (Remember how I told you heat rises??)
9. Invest in Seals
NOOOO I’m not talking about the cute little things you see at your local Zoo. I am talking about door and window seals. Sometimes, even while your doors and windows are shut tight, air still travels through the edges. Replacing, or adding, seals at these locations can help further prevent the inside of your house from being subjected to the outside temperatures!
10. Use LED Lights for Decorations
When you are setting up all of your gorgeous Christmas decorations, try using LED lights to help save you some money on your electric bills! LED bulbs are much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. Sure they may be more expensive upfront, but you will save plenty of money over the many holidays that they will last you!
11. Unplug Lighted Decorations
Unplug all of your lighted decorations before you leave the house and before you go to sleep. Even though your lights may be turned off, they are still using electricity which is just raising your bill for no reason.
12. Cook Meals in the Oven
Have you ever been inside of a house when a Thanksgiving turkey has been cooking in the oven all day?? I have and boy is it HOT! The more meals you cook in your oven, not only can you get a wonderful and delicious meal, but you can also benefit from the extra heat the oven will be putting off. Talk and a win-win!
13. Air Up Tires
In case you didn’t know already, as the temperature gets lower, so does the air pressure on your vehicles. You will lose air pressure which will prevent you from getting better gas milage and also make it easier for you to damage your tires. Make sure to lower the air pressure when the summer rolls around so you don’t wind up with too much air pressure!
14. Insulate Your Water Heater
If you can feel a lot of heat when you touch your water heater, you could be losing a lot of heat to the elements. This means your water heater will have to run harder and longer to achieve the same temperature. Wrapping your heater with a thick blanket or some insulation can help keep that heat in.
15. Lower Hot Water Heater Temperature
Lower the temperature on your hot water heater. If you never use your water at the highest temperature you can, then the temperature on your water heater may be a little high. Lowering it will most definitely help you save some money.
Well there you have it, a few ways you can save money this winter. With this extra money, feel free to drop a gift, or two, off for me this winter! It doesn’t have to take a lot of work, but you can manage to save a little extra this winter if you just implement these things. Even if you have no interest in saving money, because you just have money to spare, feel free to try and implement these anyways!