As the temperature continues to plunge, our utility bills tend to start rising. If you’re like us you try to fight the cold until you can no longer bear it. From throwing on an extra sweater to breaking out those comfy slippers; we will do just about anything to keep from cranking up that thermostat. But before you turn up your heat, use these winter tips to help keep your utility bill’s down and your buns from freezing off.
1) Home Energy Audit
Schedule a professional audit with a specialist. They will completely examine your home including: heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation, air leaks and lighting. Finding out what upgrades you need before the winter hits can save you money and stress, and some energy-efficient upgrades are eligible for federal tax credits.
2) Turn down the thermostat
You can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree you set back your thermostat. If your home has a programmable thermostat, use it! You can also manually turn down the thermostat before you go to bed and when you go to work.
3) The sun is your friend
Open the curtains and shades on windows during the day and let the sun shine in! The winter sun is lower in the sky than in the summer. You could also buy curtains that take advantage of the placement of the sun during both seasons.
4) Make or use a draft stopper
Stop drafts from sneaking in through the doors by making a draft stopper. You can buy these at your local hardware store or use items such as towels. Also consider sealing your windows with plastic to keep that nasty draft out.
5) Cook a hearty meal
The steam from your oven will raise the moisture level in your home, making you feel warmer. Fall and winter stews, soups and breads are filling not to mention they warm the body. If you leave the oven door open after baking you’ll be making the most of the heat you’re using by allowing it to warm the rest of your living space.
These are some simple ways for you to keep warm this winter and help keep those utility bills from sky rocketing! For more great advice contact one of your Insurance Architects today! We are more than just an insruance company, we help all of our clients find ways to save money and create longevity for all of thier assets.