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It’s a lot like a seesaw: when the temperature goes down, the thermostat goes up.
That’s not the only thing that goes up, however. Often, your utility bills do, too.
It can be hard saving money in the winter. You need to keep yourself and your family warm. Obviously, the best way to ensure that is to live in a part of the country with a permanently warm climate. Unfortunately, looking at Jacksonville houses for sale isn’t always an option.
Just because you don’t live in Florida doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable ways of staying toasty even winter rears its icy head. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your household heated and your bank account packed.
Seal the Doors & Windows
“Wait a minute,” you say, “when it’s cold out, I close my doors and windows. That’s good enough, isn’t it?” Actually, no, it’s not. In fact, an awful lot of your home’s warm air tends to escape through doors and windows. More specifically, in small gaps at the very edges of your doors and windows. Some of them, like the crack at the bottom of a door, are obvious. Others, however, are as thin as paper and easy to miss with the naked eye. A good way to find these gaps is to run your hands along your doors and windows, feeling for drafts. Wherever you find one, apply caulk as insulation.
Dress for Maximum Warmth
Your furnace isn’t the only thing you own that can help keep you warm. In fact, the same thing that keeps you warm outside is just as good at keeping you warm inside. I’m referring, of course, to your wardrobe. Obviously, when you’re in the comfort of your own home the last thing you want is to be wrapped up in a bulky winter coat with gloves, scarves, and a knit cap. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do better than a t-shirt and a pair of lounge pants. Wear heavy socks, long-sleeve sweatshirts, and thermal underwear indoors to fight the winter chill without cranking up the thermostat.
Use Blankets & Covers
This tip goes hand in hand with dressing warm. Simply put, when you’re relaxing at home in the winter, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a blanket on top of you as much as possible. Whether relaxing on the couch, lying in bed looking at your phone, sitting at a desk doing paperwork, or walking around, it’s not hard to wrap a blanket around your legs or shoulders. Heck, you can drape one over your head like a hood. It might seem silly, but you’d be surprised how much body heat a simple blanket can capture.
Maintain Your Furnace
The worst thing that can happen in the middle of a particularly cold winter is having no heat at all. Maintaining or repairing your furnace regularly might seem like a lot of work and unnecessary expense, but it can actually extend the life of your unit, thus circumventing the need for a more expensive replacement. In many cases, something as simple as changing or cleaning the filter is all it takes to get a furnace running more smoothly, which means it doesn’t have to work as hard to generate heat, which saves you a lot of money on energy bills. In other words, spending a little could save you a lot.