Is anyone else counting down the days until it’s warm again? Once the cold weather season arrives, you will find me hibernating inside my house with the heat blasting! However, I found that you can only have your heat on so high before your wallet starts to feel the difference. As a result, I wanted to provide you some ideas to cut down on your gas bill here and keep your house a little warmer during this cold weather!
- Reversing your ceiling fans will help push the heat back down from the ceiling. If you have heated floors, turn off the ceiling fans, but if you have forced air heat, turn them on.
- Close the doors and vents in unused rooms. This will help keep your living areas warmer.
- Make sure you aren’t blocking airflow from forced air vents and that the vents are open where you need heat. Don’t block your vents with furniture or anything else that prevents the heat from moving throughout the room.
- If you have a chimney and are not using it, make sure to close the flue. Open chimneys can suck the heat right out of your home!
- Insulate hot water/radiator pipes and ductwork running through non-living areas. You don’t want that heat tramped in a crawl space or utility area.
- Attic access or attic doors can be the source of large amounts of heat loss. Make sure your attic access is very well insulated.
- On the other hand, it is important to not let the cold travel upwards from your floor. An uninsulated floor can cause more than 10% heat loss in a home. This is particularly relevant for homes “built on a slab”. Insulate the floor with warm rugs and/or carpets.
- Open your south facing window coverings to let in solar heat on sunny days. Closing blinds and curtains on the north facing and at night will also help keep your house warmer.
- Leaving your oven slightly open after cooking will release a little extra heat to your home. The same goes for leaving your tub filled with warm water after a bath.
- And last but not least, your pets are walking radiators so let the snuggle sessions begin!
Stay warm out there!