7 Ways to Keep Warm Without Turning up the Heat

Friday, November 06, 2020 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Dear Diary, 

Over the years I have tried a few things to cut costs and save on our heating bill. A little background - our house was built in 1860 (no our furnace isn't that old but it is an older furnace) and I don't like to keep my house really warm I have my thermostat set to 19.5c/67f. Here are a few things that have helped us keep our costs down over the years. 

Winterize your windows - Our house is old as I mentioned above and winterizing our windows is very important. We have a few windows we are currently looking into replacing but in the meantime, I want to make sure I am not losing heat out of them. We currently winterize them with plastic over the top of them to keep the cold out and the heat in our house. 

Clean your furnace filters - Keep clean filters in your furnace to help maintain the efficiency of the furnace. We try to keep new filters on hand all the time to switch them out.

Use your fan - Switch the direction of your ceiling fan and put it on a low speed so it can push the hot air from the ceiling back down. This is one I often forget to do but when I do it makes a difference. I am all for every little bit helps.

Grab a blanket - We have a few comfy blankets we keep in our living area to snuggle under to keep warm on the cooler nights. We love blankets! 

Thermal Curtains - I have purchased new blackout thermal curtains for all our windows that help keep the heat in my house when it is cooler out I close them as soon as the sun goes down to keep things toasty inside.

Layer up - Keep a sweater handy and dress in layers so they can be added and removed as the temperature changes in the house. Both my husband and I have sweaters we keep on the main floor of our house but out of sight that we can put on when we get chilly.

Let the sunshine in - As soon as the sun comes up for the day I open all the curtains so the sun can warm up our house and when it sets I close them to keep the warmth in the house. 

What are some things you do in the winter months to reduce heating costs?

Until next time,