1. Dress in Layers to Help Stay Warm.
You wouldn't go outdoors without a coat and hat during the winter months,
would you? Those extra layers of clothing help you stay warm-well, warmer,
anyway! It's also a good idea to wear a sweater or sweatshirt along
with a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers even while you are indoors during
those frigid winter months. Extra layers of clothing will allow you to
set the thermostat a few degrees lower.
2. Cover Up With a Few Extra Blankets.
Make the bed with fleece or flannel sheets for extra warmth, and add a
few extra blankets or quilts on top. Covering up with those extra blankets
at night will provide plenty of added warmth. Don't forget your favorite
warm jammies, too!
You won't have to crank the heater up as high, and lowering your thermostat
just two or three degrees can help you save considerably. Plus,
research has shown that
better sleep is achieved in a cold environment with extra covers as opposed to a warm
environment with fewer covers.
3. Seal Air Leaks
If you can feel cold air coming into your house through your windows and
exterior doors, you have air leaks. Use caulk or weather-stripping, both
of which are fairly inexpensive, to seal any leaks that you can find.
This will help keep cold air outside and warm air inside. A draft stopper,
also known as a draft guard, can be used on the bottom of your interior
doors to keep warm air from escaping. Commercial draft stoppers are available
at most home improvement stores, but you can also create a makeshift version
of your own with fabric or pillows.
4. Let the Sunshine In!
The days may be shorter during the winter months, but the sun does shine
on most days. Take advantage of that gorgeous sunlight by opening your
blinds and curtains during the daytime. This will allow the sun to help
warm your house naturally. Just be sure to close those blinds and curtains
after sunset to help limit the amount of natural warmth that escapes.
Photo by Michael Slonecker
5. Change Filters Regularly.
Clothes dryers with clogged vents will take considerably longer to dry
laundry. They can also be a fire hazard. Likewise, a heating system with
clogged vents will work at less-than-maximum efficiency while compromising
Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly, and make sure that all of your vents are free from lint, dirt,
and any other obstructions. The photo below shows a filter that is way
overdue to be changed!
Just by following these simple steps it's possible to save some green
while going green! Plus, your local heating and air professional can help you at every step
of the way. Not only can you help cut costs on your utility bills, you
can help reduce the amount of gas and electricity you consume. A little
effort can go a long way towards saving the planet and lowering your utility bill!
Contact Tom's Mechanical to learn more about your options.