Save Money and Stay Warm with These Helpful Suggestions
As autumn arrives, temperatures begin to gradually drop, easing us into the winter ahead. However, the first utility bill after turning on the heat can be somewhat shocking. Here at MSUFCU, we want to help you save money and stay warm with these helpful suggestions!
Setting your thermostat to the coolest temperature you can still be comfortable in and wearing warmer clothes is one of the simplest solutions. Layering your clothing in your home allows you to regulate your own personal temperature without using your utilities.
Rather than leaving your thermostat at the same setting all winter, adjust the temperature at the right time to save on utility costs. If you won’t be home for eight hours or longer, set your thermostat 10°-15° lower, and return it to your comfortable setting when you get home. By not heating an empty home, you can ensure that you’re only paying for the heat you’re using. This trick can also be used at night to save on utility costs.
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If your home has a ceiling fan, use it to your advantage! In warmer months, having your fan set to run counter-clockwise will cool the room, but in the winter set it to run clockwise at a low speed. This will help to draw the room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air down, keeping the room warmer for longer.
Allowing sunlight into your home through any south-facing windows will help naturally heat your home, and won’t cost anything! Just make sure you close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside. Putting up thermal curtains can help prevent the loss of this free heat through window glass, which can be a poor insulator in some homes.
Moist air holds heat better than dry air, so allowing a bit more humidity in your home during the winter can make the air feel warmer. Not using the ventilation fan when showering or cooking can help maintain the warmth in your home without using excess energy as well.