Smart Winter Tips: Keep Toasty Warm Without Breaking the Bank
Feel that winter chill? It’s colder than expected this year, and between the holidays and the heating bill, this is turning out to be an expensive season. If you’re one of those people who can’t decide whether to suffer by being cold or by shelling out the extra cash to keep warm, you’re about to learn that the two aren’t mutually exclusive! Whether you’re a broke college student, frugal, or live in an old, drafty house, making a few small changes will make your winter more manageable.
Step 1: Avoid Pesky Drafts
Most of us know to seal up our windows and keep doors closed when it starts to get cold – so why does it still feel so drafty inside the house? The answer is because drafts come in through places that we’re least expecting. Though letterboxes, pet doors, and the gaps underneath doors may be small, cold winds find their way through and undo all the work your heater puts in throughout the day. Putting a strong metal flap on your letterbox, a plastic curtain over your pet door, and some draft-stoppers underneath all your doors will help to seal in your heat and keep the winter chill where it belongs – outside!
Step 2: Choose Window Coverings Wisely
Hopefully, you’ve already applied some weather-stripping to your windows to help insulate your home (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?). What’s equally important, though, is choosing the right window coverings so that sunlight can get in during the day, but the cold can’t come through at night. Plantation shutters are a popular solution because they look attractive, are heavy-duty, and can easily open and close – thus, they don’t let any drafts through but can be opened when the sun is hitting that side of the house. For a frugal (and much less attractive) alternative, you could use clear shower curtains to seal the windows while still letting sunlight in.
Step 3: Cover All Grounds
Having bare floors, whether tile or hardwood, can make a room so much colder. Investing in an area rug makes a big difference – it fights out cold temperatures that attempt to sneak into your home through the floor. Plus, you can walk around barefoot without having to touch a cold, hard surface!
Step 4: Shut Up
If there are rooms in your home that you’re not using, close the heating vents and shut the door. This will give your heater fewer rooms to take care of, making it more efficient. The rooms in your home that you actually do use will be much warmer!