Worried about Saving Money this Fall? Here’s a Few Ways to Conserve and Save!
If you are looking to save money as the cold weather rolls in this year, you have come to the right spot for ideas! There are so many different ways to save money and energy this fall. It all just comes down to what you want to focus on and what you want to have less of. There are many ways to save on your heat, your electricity, and even making your food last. Try some of these simple ideas and save yourself some money and stress this fall!
Keep your thermostat at or below 68 degrees.
As the cooler weather rolls in, it becomes very enticing to raise the temperature on your thermostat. While being extra warm in the winter can seem nice, it gets very expensive to heat a home constantly. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save about 2 percent on your energy bill. If you have an automated thermostat, have it set as low as possible when you are not home, and as low as you are comfortable when you are. You can do other small things to keep heat in the home without cranking up the heat to stay warm!
Use Natural Heat
Are you familiar with the greenhouse effect? In a nutshell, rays from the sun enter a room through a transparent pane, and get trapped in that room, accumulating heat over time. One every day example of this is how your car seems to be an oven when you return to it after a long work day. You can use this to your advantage when you leave your home for work by opening blinds to let in natural light and heat. Keep windows that don’t get much sunlight closed and the blinds drawn to avoid losing heat.
Check Windows and Doors
Make sure you check the edges of your windows and doors for leaks, cracks, or other damage. Even a seemingly very small crack can be a major loss of heat as cold air pushes through it. The most common small cracks are around the windows and doors of your home. Even if there is no damage to a door, it is also possible that air escapes or enters underneath it. Having something even as simple as a rolled up towel against the base can help insulate your home better against lost heat. For windows that leak air, a simple fix would be saran wrap. While not exactly the same as the plastic wrap you put your sandwiches in, there are kits you buy and stick to the edges of windows and heat to seal, effectively keeping cold air out, and hot air in.
One surprising way to help stay warm is through using your ceiling fans. Normally, one would expect their fans to blow cold air around the room or house, balancing and maintaining a comfortable temperature. If you reverse the direction your fans spin to clockwise, your ceiling fans will push warm air back down into and around the room. This is because the hot air that generally rises based off science, will be over the fan and forced back down. It will also redistribute the warm air from your heating system, making sure pockets of cold air don’t settle in the corners of each room by keeping the air active.
Air Filters and Your HVAC
Make sure your HVAC is in working order and good condition. If you do not have a working fan and heater, your winter will be much more difficult in terms of staying warm. There are many companies both online and in store that can work with you to get a solid HVAC system in your house. Be sure to clean your air filters as well. Over time, they gather dust and microbes, becoming clogged and forcing your HVAC to work much harder than necessary and hindering air flow. You can save almost 5% on your bill just by doing this. Don’t crank up the heat in order to counteract being cold either. Your house will not get warm faster because you set the goal temperature higher.
One of the most underrated ways to stay warm is by layering and blankets. You can cozy up on a cool night by the fire (check to make sure those chimneys and filters are clean!) and enjoy a good movie, book, or company of loved ones. You can save a bunch of money with simple blankets because they are a one-time expense that can last a lifetime. Try wrapping a thermal blanket around your water heater to aide it in retaining heat longer as well. Staying warm does not have to solely be your HVAC’s responsibility.
Thermal socks also work amazingly throughout winter months to keep your feet warm!