Longer nights and falling leaves are the precursor to heating bills and chilly times at home. When you winterize your home now before the snows blow in, it can minimize the impact to your wallet later on. Here are 4 easy winterizing tips to help you save money this winter:
Here are some simple things you can do that require no financial investment…just a few minutes of your time are all that’s required:
- Open the shades. While lowered shades provide a break to summer’s heat, raising them lets you take advantage of “solar heating” during winter’s sunny days. Let those rays heat your home!
- Turn off your lights. Your parents’ refrain to turn off the lights still applies. Even with more efficient lighting (fluorescent or LED), turning off lights when leaving a room still makes good sense.
- Adjust your hot water heater. Set the temperature on your hot water heat between 110° Fahrenheit and 130° Fahrenheit. A perfect target is 120° Fahrenheit. This simple move saves energy and prevents dangerous scalds.
- Air dry clothes and dishes. Air drying helps to reduce costs and even introduces some beneficial moisture into dry winter air.