heat your home efficiently

It’s Easy to Heat Your Home Efficiently

When you are cold in your home, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat. However, doing this will cause your energy bill to rise. It can be a struggle to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without breaking the bank. Luckily, there are a number of ways to heat your home efficiently this winter.

1. Use a Programmable Thermostat

One simple way that you can help minimize your bills is to use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when no one is home. The weather tends to be cooler at night and your thermostat has to work harder to heat your home. A lower temperature won’t be noticeable if you are away or asleep and will add up to significant savings in the long run.

2. Install Insulated Windows to Heat Your Home Efficiently

Heat can be lost through windows, which increases the energy necessary to heat your home. Install double or triple-paned insulated windows to improve your home’s energy efficiency. If new windows aren’t in the budget, apply insulating film over the windows to prevent heat from escaping. This film is inexpensive and it only takes a few minutes to apply. Apply caulk and weatherstripping where there are gaps letting cold air in. Add more insulation to the attic to keep heat from escaping out the roof. Heat rises, so attic insulation is crucial for keeping it inside.

3. Open Curtains When It’s Sunny

To heat your home efficiently, open your curtains when the sun is shining to allow natural heat to warm the house. When the sun starts to set, close the curtains to trap the heat inside. This is an easy routine to develop and it helps your home stay warm without using energy.

4. Use Space Heaters in Small Rooms

A lot of heat is wasted on rooms that are unoccupied, so why spend the money keeping those rooms toasty warm? One way to heat your home efficiently is to use a space heater to provide more heat for rooms that are in use while lowering thermostat for the rest of the house. Space heaters work well in smaller rooms like bedrooms, bathrooms, and offices. They are great for supplementing central heat, but are not efficient as the only source of heat.

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