Winter is well under way, and we’ve had some colder spells now (although overall, it’s been a very mild winter here!) Last year we had an energy audit done on our house in order to qualify for a government grant for switching to gas heating, and we learned many new tips on how to save on heating costs. Some are ones that you probably already do, while others might be new ideas for you!
1. Put plastic on the windows! You can buy window plastic very inexpensively at hardware stores, and other places as well. I’m pretty sure Walmart has it. In Canada, Canadian Tire has it. It’s cheaper overall to buy the bulk package; you get more plastic and tape, it’s just not in as nice a box at the store. Putting plastic on the windows is a bit time consuming, but it makes a huge difference. Just make sure you don’t leave the roll of tape in the window sill while you seal the window.
2. Get outlet insulators. Did you know these existed? We didn’t before our energy audit! They come in a multi-pack, and the pack we got has several insulators for regular outlets, as well as a couple for light switches. I never knew that you could get drafts from the walls, but you can! Even in some interior walls! All you need to do to install these inexpensive heat savers is to remove the outlet plate, put in the insulator, and replace the outlet plate!
3. Have a family night! More people in a single room will keep the room warmer, so that you can turn down the thermostat a bit more. Also, turn the temp down in unused rooms.
4. Invest in thermal curtains. Yep, another window tip. Do you have a drafty doorway? Put a thermal curtain up there, too! Our house has a small mudroom addition that is open to the kitchen, but isn’t heated. Very drafty, especially since it’s in a direct path to our kitchen table. We put up (ok, hubby put up) a curtain rod and a couple of thermal curtains, and wow what a difference!
5. Close some doors. If you have some unused rooms, or rooms that you aren’t in very often, close the doors to those rooms. Why heat part of the house you aren’t in? If possible, turn down the heat in those rooms as well.
Do you have any heat saving tips to share?