Here are a few tips to keep your house warm while conserving energy.
- Curtains-Open all curtains and shades on windows facing the sun during the day. Close the curtains when the sun sets to retain all the heat.
- Lower the temperature on your hot water heater-Keep the water heater at 120 degrees. This temperature is low enough to reduce power usage but not too low to be uncomfortable for showers and other uses.
- Watch your vents- Vents can be blocked by furniture or carpet. Make sure the air is able to flow freely throughout your home. Close the vents and shut doors to rooms you don’t use often.
- Use fans- A well-placed fan can circulate the heat in a room and raise the temperature quickly. Make sure to unplug the fan once the room is comfortable.
- Turn down the thermostat- You are wasting money heating the house while you aren’t there. Turn down the temperature ten degrees while you’re at work.
These are just a few tips that will help you stay warm this winter season without spending a fortune. Keep your energy bill in mind when turning on your heat. Let us know about your winter savings tips in the comments below.
Martin Sher is CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a recent past president of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Martin is the author of the 54 word Collector Pledge, committing credit and collection professionals around the world to the ethical and respectful treatment of all consumers. Martin’s personal mission is to get 5 million people out of debt-for good, and for FREE.