With it finally starting to feel like winter in Colorado, it is important to make sure you keep your house warm without spending all your money. That way, you can spend less money on energy and more money on those holiday presents!
Prep Your Windows
Make sure to block any cold air from getting in. All windows should be tightly sealed by having a waterproof seal on the outside and a gentle silicon caulk on the inside. This won't damage your paint, but will keep warm air in and cold air out during the cold months. Just because windows are closed, however, doesn't mean your blinds have to be. Opening the blinds and letting the sun in during the day will produce natural warmth in your home. During the evening, keep in all that warmth you let in during the day by closing your blinds again and, therefore, creating a layer of insulation.
Let Your Inner Decorator Free
Just like blinds adding insulation to your windows, decorating can be a natural insulator for you walls, floors and bodies! Bookshelves, picture frame, mirrors or other decor for your walls create an extra layer to make sure heat doesn't escape from your walls. This goes for floors as well. Rugs are a great way, not only to spice up the look of your home, but to insulate your floors. So, have fun and let the interior decorator in you go crazy! And, finally, when decorating, don't forget to cozy up. Investing in some warm throws like flannel or fleece blankets, will keep you and your family warm.
Everyone should invest in insulation! This can be a big investment, but once done, you will start making your money back quickly with a lower energy bill. Insulation should be installed in the attic, your pipes and also in your ducts. Insulating your pipes will ensure that water won't burst the pipes in sub-freezing weather. This will also protect your home from mold issues in the future. If your ducts are clean, your heating system will work more efficiently and get warm air throughout your house faster. This can also apply to air filters. New air filters is a good thing to get a few times a year. The cleaner they are, the more efficiently they will work and, again, you will be saving more money in the long run. If your filter is clean, the heater can do its job more efficiently and for a longer time. You can either buy new filters or simply vacuum the filters out.
The Clockwise Rule
Circulating warm air is another good rule of thumb. In the winter, you want to circulate cool air and in the winter, redirecting your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise will push the warm air back down into the main room. It is also a good idea to make sure heat is getting to the spaces you are actually utilizing. So, if you aren't using a room in the winter, close off those doors and vents. This is definitely a money saver!
Getting cozy is an old school, but productive way to keep your energy bill down. Cooking soups or baking cookies is always more fun in the winter, so utilize heat from the stove or oven to your advantage. When using these utilities, your home will naturally heat up, so try turning down the thermostat at this time.
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