Heating costs will rise dramatically this winter. Snow storms are pounding the northern region of the world and that does not bode well for the rest of us. We may be seeing a cold and bitter winter. In order to save money on our utility costs, one should consider alternative heating methods this season. Alternative options for keeping your house warm are excellent for saving money and becoming a greener consumer. We have a few low cost options for every size of household.
Door Draft Stoppers
These nifty items slide under doors and prevent drafts. A huge heat and money pit is a drafty house where rooms do not hold their heat. Keep your HVAC system from working overtime by sealing the doors. Options include an adhesive seal, which may help with windows as well. A rubber option that can help keep bugs out as well, a great option for the front door or one leading to the garage. And even a cushy, fabric option that is great for homes with children.
Personal heaters can give you an almost instant boost of warmth in a very concentrated place. A classic that has stood the test of time, hot water bottles are a staple in many homes already. Another quick fix is a sock filled with rice. These can be heated and reheated many times with low costs. Use these to warm up a bed before sleep, lay across a lap watching a movie, or even for sore muscles after raking leaves.
Fireplaces and Ovens
Use these to the full advantage during the winter. Ovens are often neglected during the summer because of the lingering heat. This should be relished in the winter. While baking seasonal cookies and pies, your whole home can warm up. After your dish is done cooking, you can leave the oven door open for residual heat to permeate the house. SAFETY FIRST: Never use your oven to completely heat your home, this runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Fireplaces can be a lovely activity that can save you money on your heating bill. When cozied up around a roaring fire, the snow and ice outside can seem very far away.
This winter’s weather might still seem far away but there are a few ways you can get ready for the expensive months ahead. Switching to natural gas can save our customers hundreds of dollars a year! Make sure you check out our savings calculator to see if you can be one of those lucky people.