The cold season brings in not only the
chill but also increases the cost of keeping our houses warm thus
making a dent in the family budget. In addition, most heating systems
contribute to the irreparable damage to the environment by releasing
harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It is therefore important
that we find ways to cut costs and reduce our heating bills and still
stay warm in winter.
- Extra layers of clothes worn
will help keep one warm in winter. Investing in good quality thermals
would be a good investment and would help cut electricity costs in the
- Keeping your curtains and
blinds open during the day would help stream sunlight in and heat up
the rooms. Shutting windows and blinds just before the sun sets would
prevent heat from escaping.
- Ensure that the insulation
around doors and windows is fine before winter. In addition, caulk any
cracks that lead to the exterior. Replacing or fixing worn-out weather
stripping would also help.
- Investing in a good heating system would be beneficial in the long run as it would cut costs of maintenance and repairs.
- Cook meals at home in the oven and stove instead of eating out. The warmth would help keep your house warm.
- Thick curtains would ensure that the warmth does not escape from your house especially in the night.
- Investing in a programmable
thermostat would allow you to set the heat as per the time of the day –
minimal when away from home or during the day and higher in the
evenings or till bedtime.
- Make sure that the heating unit is well-maintained and get in a professional to look at the heaters once a year.
- Chimney dampers can help prevent heat loss from a fireplace that is not in use.
- Finally use warm blankets and
hot water bottles in bed to keep warm and lower the temperature setting
in the thermostat before you go to bed.