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.
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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!
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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.
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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 your safety. 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!
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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!