Winter is fast approaching and most people have already turned on their furnaces as they prepare for the colder weather to arrive. This winter, reduce your heating and electrical bills by using these less common tips to help save on energy costs.
Invest in a Slow Cooker
One of the energy hogs in your home is your oven. Cooking with a slow cooker will give you warm and nutritious meals to come back to after a hard day at work and it will use a lot less energy. As well, the steam provided by a slow cooker will add humidity, which is so desperately needed during the cold months when the heater is supplying so much dry air to your home.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Many people only use ceiling fans during the summer but did you know that reversing them during the winter will help send down the heat that has risen to the ceiling? When you rotate your fan clockwise, the heat will be circulated back down so that it can’t be lost through the ceiling.
Curtains Aren’t Just for the Windows
While we all know that heavy window curtains provide an extra barrier from the cold, you can also hang curtains around a door that is seldom used but is letting in a draft. If you don’t have the funds to invest in a new door right now and can’t get the weather stripping to fit just right to stop the draft, try hanging a curtain in front of it. You’ll be amazed to see just how much heat remains in your house and how much cold air is literally stopped at your door.
Bubble Wrap for the Windows
Bubble wrap is a great insulator that you can use on any window in your home that is letting in the cold. Simply wet your window with water and then stick the bubble wrap to it. It will stay in place all winter and is a simple and cost-effective measure you can take to reduce your energy bills.
Hang Your Clothes to Dry over Heat Registers
Turn off your dryer for the winter and instead use the heat coming from your registers to dry your clothes. This is also an inexpensive way to add humidity to your home. A lot of your electrical costs are coming from your dryer if you’re using it regularly. Plus, you’ll be able to turn down the humidifier for even more cost savings.
There are a lot of things that you can do to reduce your energy bills this winter. These are just some of the lesser-known tricks of the trade that we thought you’d be interested in knowing about. If you are dedicated to lowering your costs this winter, even doing these little things can add up to huge savings.