Energy-Saving Tips for Winter
Clean Your Vents and Radiators and Remove Any Blockages
You want your vents and radiators to have as much access to open air in your home as possible. Also, take a moment to clean your vents and radiators by giving them a thorough dusting to maximize their efficiency.
Pull out and Clean Your Blankets
You'll want to clean and distribute blankets throughout the house – on beds, sofas and chairs. Having a blanket available within arm's reach will often be the nudge you need to grab the blanket rather than turning up the heat. Pull them out now and give them a good cleaning, so they're ready to go when you need them.
Cook at Home
Cooking at home has the secondary benefit of keeping your kitchen and surrounding rooms warm with the extra heat from the stove and oven. Take advantage of that and prepare lots of meals at home.
While your kitchen gear isn't efficient at heating the house, cooking at home allows the excess heat from cooking aid you in keeping your home warm. Plus, cooking at home is almost always cheaper than dining out. Cooking adds a bit of moisture to the air, which can help the house feel a bit warmer, too.
Switch to Heavier Curtains
One useful strategy for keeping winter energy bills low is to have a set of thicker curtains that you hang over any windows usually kept drawn. In the winter, it's generally a good idea to close the curtains on any windows that aren't receiving direct sunlight.
If you have a set of heavier curtains for those windows, take down the spring and summer curtains and put up the thicker winter ones. While they're closed, they'll help keep the cold air out and warm air in.
If you follow these tips, you'll find yourself keeping warm all winter long without the energy bills blowing you away.