5 Cheap and Green Ways to Heat Your Home in Winter

There is something about every season that brings about its own uniqueness and beauty. While winter is certainly no exception, if there’s one thing that’s not very “pretty” about it, it’s adjusting to the significant increases in our heating bills.

If you’ve been looking for some cheap and green ways to heat your home during the winter months, the good news is that we have five that are sure to keep you warm without bringing a big chill to your budget.

Have your home prepped for cold weather. One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to keep your home warm is to have it weatherized. Look for small holes or cracks along your window and doors. If you see any, you can get caulking for a pretty low price at a local home improvement store. If you have single-pane windows and it’s not currently in your budget to put double-pane ones in this year, another tip is to put a shower curtain in between the window and your curtain. It provides extra insulation.

Get a programmable thermostat (and then adjust it). Many green experts will tell you that one of the best things that you can do for your energy costs is to purchase a programmable thermostat. That way, you can preset it so that it doesn’t have to be at the same high temperature during certain hours of the day (like when you don’t need it to be or you may not be at home). Plus, if you set it to a temperature that is 10-15 degrees lower than you usually do, you can save as much as 10 percent on your monthly utility bill.

Put in some fireplace inserts. If you live in an older home, your fireplace may have an open hearth that will produce more warm air than it has the ability to consume. This results in it only being about 10 percent effective. By putting in a fireplace insert, you are better able to seal in the warm air, giving it the ability to warm the rooms in your house more efficiently.

Use some space heaters. None of us are in all of our rooms at once and so it doesn’t really make sense to keep every part of the house at the same temperature (especially if it’s going to cost a few hundred dollars to do so). One way to keep you warm where you are is to purchase a couple of space heaters. It provides just the right amount of heat, but at a cost that is much lower than the price of oil or fuel.

Have your heating unit serviced. Another thing that can help to keep your energy bills down during the wintertime is to make sure that you have your heating unit properly serviced. Sometimes, if it is malfunctioning, it will use a lot more electricity than it needs to if it’s working properly. If you live in Harrisburg, North Carolina, you might want to¬†contact All Temp Co., Inc. If you live anywhere else in the country, go to your favorite search engine and put “heating unit servicing” along with your city and state in the search field.

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