would wait until November 1st to turn on the heat, this year the
heat came on in early October. We have
had a wonderfully warm November, so you may not be thinking about heating your
home yet, but it is something I am constantly thinking about – especially how
to save money on heating my home.
we needed to make some changes in order to reduce how much we were spending on
oil. Now that oil is less than half
that, I am feeling a little more comfortable about relaxing on keeping the
thermostat incredibly low, but I still want to be able to save as much money as
I can during the *very* long heating season.
lower, you will pay less to heat your home.
However, I think that most people forget about this step.
your heat on 70? Absolutely not. You can turn it down, and save some
money. One thing that has helped us is
to get a programmable thermostat. We
have this one and it has served us really well.
Not having to remember to turn the thermostat down when we know we are
going to be out of the house is so helpful.
of the house. If you turn your
thermostat down a couple of degrees, and put on a sweater, you are going to
power. I know that a lot of houses in
New England are old, and that means that windows are sometimes old. Even if the windows are not old, like in my
old house, there still seems to be cold air coming in. If you are able to shut the curtains, it will
help keep some of the heat in your rooms better. If you have sun streaming through your
windows during the day, keep those shades open in the winter and closed in the
summer. Then close the shades when the
sun passes over your house in the winter, or vice versa in the summer.
off your rooms with doors or curtains.
long time. It may sound strange to hang
blankets to close off rooms in the winter, and it does look a little funny, but
it definitely helps us keep our heating costs lower, and the rooms that we are
in stay much warmer.
are lots of rooms, and lots of doorways.
By hanging some blankets or curtains up between some of the rooms, our
downstairs stays warmer, and since that is where we are most of the time, that
makes sense for us. Of course, it won’t
work in every home. And obviously it
changes the esthetic of the home to have blankets hanging in your doorways, but
I’m not as concerned about that.
dangerous as they used to be. We have one
similar to this one which we purchased several years ago, and it works really well. It isn’t like a typical space heater, but
when the room itself is warm, it helps to keep the room warm. It doesn’t work as well if you start it in a
cold room, it still works, but it doesn’t circulate the warm air as well as if
the room is warm to begin with.
thermostat to not constantly kick on.
The combination of turning the thermostat down a couple degrees, hanging
the curtains in the doorways and running the space heater keeps my family
incredibly comfortable all day. Yes, the
space heater adds cost to our electric bill, but it is not nearly as much as
how much we pay for oil.
drink coffee all day long – even though I might want to. It wouldn’t be healthy to drink that much caffeine,
and decaf coffee just isn’t the same. Herbal tea, however, is something you can
drink all day just fine.
good for you. I think it is definitely a
win-win. Winter sees me drinking a lot
of tea. And it isn’t just me, my kids
will drink it as well. Not as often, but
when they see me drinking tea, they want to as well. It probably helps that I will put milk and
honey in it for them.
wonderful way to warm up your house! We
do a lot of baking in the winter; bread, casseroles, cookies, anything that I
can make in the oven, I try to during the winter. While what I am making is baking, the house
warms up. And once the oven has been
turned off, I leave the door of the oven open to let the residual heat come
into the rest of the house. It is
surprising how warm the house stays when I am baking! Plus, all those delicious treats, how can you
winter. There are other ways to stay warm
in a cooler house as well, sweaters, fingerless mitts, cowls, warm slippers or slippersocks. All of these are
wonderful helps to stay warm in a cooler house.
to keep heating costs low? Do you see
yourself turning up the thermostat a little more with oil prices lower?