As the temperatures drop you may notice utility bills rise. Since there is no way to escape the chill we have some cost effective ways to trim your dues without having to freeze through winter.
Last month we covered some tips on how to get your home fall ready that included one of the most important heat retention recommendations, “Seal It.”. In our article, “Is your home Fall ready?” we identified air leaks to be the culprits for heat loss. Now that the cooler weather has arrived it’s possible that you too have noticed where drafts are entering and warmth is escaping, so take some caulk and seal them up.
Another remedy that we covered were window treatments. Heavy curtains or drapes can act as insulation for your windows and in addition to heavy window treatments, double glazing does just the same if not more. Double glazing is defined as “a double or triple glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat transfer,” which can be pretty expensive administer. For a short term and economical remedy look into DIY Double Glazing Film. It is just as effective and at the fraction of the cost. All that you will need is scissors and a blow dryer to administer. Taking advantage of sunlight when it’s visible by keeping curtains open allow for natural warmth. Area rugs can also be used as additional insulation especially for floors that aren’t insulated.
Whether you have electric, gas or radiator heating you’ll want to shut doors to rooms that aren’t being occupied or used in efforts to contain heat in one area. Secluding rooms in combination of using a heated blanket or space heater can also prove cost efficient when trying to avoid warming your entire home. If you have a radiator be sure to remove any furniture that might be set in front of it as they will absorb the heat and act as an obstacle for dispersion. You can also place a sheet foil behind the radiator to deflect heat from absorbing into the wall as well as placing a shelf a couple of feet above to help channel warmth outward into the room.
Cozy up and keep your home warm with our tips and if you’re in need for a seasonal appliance such as a heater, check out your local rent to own store for cost effective options.
Just another Shop RTO lifestyle tip.