I think the majority of the households in America this year has struggled in one way or another with finances and really don’t have much cash to spend on winterizing your home or with home improvements. But just remember, every little thing you can do adds up so don’t just discount the fact that you don’t have any extra money so you are not going to do anything. Every little bit helps!! The goal is to keep the money in your pocket instead of paying out for things that you didn’t have to.
Here is a few tips that I have learned over the years as well as been reading about from several different resources. The great thing is that each one of these tips are easy to do and will be very little cash spent. That makes my thrifty heart smile.
- I have to admit, this one my better half and I battle over sometimes. Turn your heat down when you leave the house or go to sleep. Why heat the house when you are not there. I turn the heat down to about 65 when I am not home. We are normally away from the house about 10 – 12 hours a day to that is a big chunk of the day we are heating the house for no one. We have a programmable thermostat so if I get it set right (still trying to figure that one out.) it will turn up the heat right before we get home and it will be warm when we arrive. The other part of this is to turn the heat down when you sleep. Put an extra blanket on the bed and cuddle. Plus studies have shown, you sleep and breath better when your air is cooler.
- Close off vents in rooms that you don’t use that much. We are now empty nesters. There I have said it! Whew, that was hard to say. Big adjustment in our household. We now have two bedrooms that are only used on occasions when our children choose to bless us with a spend the night party. Why would we heat them rooms when they are not there? There is no reason. Cut the air flow off in each room that you don’t use on a regular basis. If your vent doesn’t close completely, take some type of plastic wrap and wrap the vent to help cut the flow.
- Put on more clothes in the winter. Don’t run around in a tank top and shorts durning the winter. Of course you need the heat to be higher if you don’t have clothes on. Find a comfy sweatshirt and pj pants and wear them around the house. Also put socks on. Pull out the fuzzy blanket and have them available to wrap up in when watching tv.
- Close off doors and windows that you don’t use in the winter. There is windows and doors that you don’t use in the winter time, I am sure. Take plastic and put over window and a heavy quilt over a door that you don’t use. I have even seen it done to look decorative with blankets. If you have a back door that you use on rare occasions and don’t need to block off completely, you could hang a rod over the door and use shower curtain clips to hang a beautiful quilt. When you need to get out the door, you just slide the quilt over and open the door.
- Secure your attic door of any cracks. Heat rises so if your attic door has drafts, the heat will be sucked into the attic. Use old blankets, weather stripping, or a tarp to cover the opening. If this is in a visible area, you can strategically put the heavy blanket on the inside of the door in the attic and then slowly shut the door for the blanket to cover the area.
- Seal up any cracks around doors and windows. Weather stripping around doors and windows helps a lot. If you have an older home you possible feel drafts throughout the house. If you feel drafts, that means air is coming in around your windows and doors. This is an expense but not a big one to do.
- Bake! Yes, bake. Cook more in the winter. You don’t want to go out in the cold, so stay home and cook. This will save you money on food as well as energy. When you bake, the oven helps heat up the kitchen. After you are finished baking, turn off the oven and open the oven door and let the hot air disburse throughout your house. It will make a big difference.
Try them all or do just a few but remember, anything that you do will help a little on that utility bill. Once you have your house ready for winter you can welcome the cold weather with a smile.
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