It’s Winter time! Are you ready to save some energy bucks? Here are 7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Winter Energy Bill Right Now. These tips are all DIY. You should be able to implement several if not all of these methods immediately to see results in your energy bill.
This post is part of our Proven Strategies for Budget Cuts in the Home Series. Click any link below for more budgeting tips.
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1. Insulate Windows
We have been hearing this for years, haven’t we? You don’t have to do what my Dad used to do when I was growing up. He would affix that plastic sheeting on the outside of our home to cover every single window! It worked but was unsightly.
- Use bubble wrap to create an insulated barrier against the cold
It’s easy to install and easy to remove and goes on the inside of the window. Simply spray the window with water and stick the bubble wrap to it. Peel it off when you are ready to remove it then wash the window to remove any streaks left behind. How easy is that?! This 1 minute YouTube video gives an easy demonstration.
How to Insulate a Window With Bubble Wrap
2. Stop the Fireplace Draft
When not in use, your fireplace can be a huge source of energy waste. Because heat rises, it can flow straight up your fireplace and out into the cold air along with your money. Cold air can also escape into your home from an old drafty fireplace.
If you have glass doors for your fireplace, this won’t be as much of a problem for you.
Consider using a fireplace blanket or balloon.
- Fireplace plug balloon which can be found in different sizes and price ranges on Amazon here. These tend to be less expensive than the curtain and have mixed but good reviews. Most review complaints are related to getting the proper size with the damper handle slit in the correct location prior to ordering.
3. Clockwise Your Ceiling Fans
During the winter months, you will want your ceiling fans to run clockwise so they will push the warm air back down into the room. Run the ceiling fan on low to keep the warm air flowing downward.
4. Use Draft Guards
I know what you’re thinking yeah, yeah, yeah but it does work. We have one room in our home which has no heat or air vent, the laundry room. We like to keep that door closed because it is just off from our Den. A draft guard keeps that cold air out on those bitter cold winter days.
You could certainly purchase a cute little draft dodger to place at your door but you could also make one yourself or improvise with a rolled up blanket.
5. Socket Sealers
It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to install socket sealers. These are a small part of a larger savings when combined with other energy savers. If you live in one of those marvelous older homes with lots of character (and a few drafts here and there) this idea is especially for you! Pricing is around $8 and up depending on the size package you need.
5. Use Your Oven
This is exactly the reverse advice we receive for the summer months. Now is the time for making those winter comfort foods so be sure to open the oven door when you are finished cooking and allow that heat into the house. Turning on the oven for the sole purpose of heating is not recommended as the reverse effect will occur on your energy bill. The idea is for your oven to do double duty and save you $$. Casseroles will be your friend!
Try a few of our favorite oven baked recipes:
- Oven Baked Smothered Cube Steak
- Oven Baked Homestyle Fries
- Tasty Baked Crusted Tilapia
- Baked Egg & Veggie Muffin Cup Omelets
6. Turn Off That Exhaust Fan
Don’t run your kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan any longer than you simply must. Heat can escape within 10 minutes of turning on your bathroom exhaust fan. Because heat makes the air inside so dry, consider not even using your bathroom exhaust fan during the winter months.
Your steamy bathroom will do double duty for you:
1. Add moisture to the air ( a big help for sinus sufferers) and
2. Keep the heat from escaping through the vent!
7. Work with the Sun
It is quite tempting to keep your window coverings closed throughout the entire winter. Don’t do it though. Open your curtains, shades or blinds when the sun is beaming and allow that natural heat to work for you! Be sure to close those window coverings before the sun goes down though.
It is the sum of the whole which makes the difference
These 7 tips are all very easy to implement in your home and are all budget friendly, some even free! Sometimes it is the small steps which make the biggest difference in our energy savings.
Do you have a winter energy savings tip to share? Please share with us in the comments. We love to hear your thoughts!
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