In the winter, the one thing that many of us dread is our heating bill. Especially if you live on one of the northern state. Although we hate to see it skyrocket, we also cannot go without; to put it simply it is just too darn cold!
What can you do otherwise then? I mean going without heat is unheard and dangerous. Nevertheless, how can you heat you home without relying completely on the furnace or boiler? Is there even a way that a person can do that?
There is a way, there is a way! Do not fret there is always a way. This year instead of Turing up the thermostat in your home, try one of these to turn up the heat without turning up that gas bill.
Use your fireplace
I cannot count the number of times I have been in someone home with a fireplace, that works, and they never use it. What up with that? Use that bad boy! One of the best and oldest to heat you home without having to rely on your furnace or a heater to do it. By using this during the colder months of the year you not only effective and efficiently heat your home, you will not have touch the thermostat.
Seal all windows and doors
Go around your home with your hand and check if you have any draft around your windows and doors. Actually what I like to do is light an incense and watch how the smoke blows along different sills. This too will let you know if there are any leaks. Then get to caulking, weather-stripping, and insulating. Keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside.
Area rugs and carpet
Hardwood floors are beautiful and timeless update to any home. Trust me I know. I have hardwood floors throughout my entire home. They are beautiful. However, freezing during the winter months. A few years ago, I was told that having some large area rugs to place on the floor is a great way to insulated and hold heat in a room. Such a simple thing to do but it is very effective.
Old school lightbulbs
I love those energy efficient CFL’s bulbs but those older type of bulbs produce heat. That means by turning on the lights you can raise the temperature of you home. Even if it is by a degree, it will make a different. Maybe consider during the winter changing the bulbs in your home to those regular ones.
Cook and bake more and more
Sometimes I bake something just so I do not have to turn up the thermostat. It seem so obvious but many of us do not consider just cooking and baking more at home add to the overall temperature of the home. I mean your oven and stove generate a lot of heat use this to your advantage. Heat your home and fill your belly all in one swoop.
All these are wonderful tips that worth giving a try. With that being said. When it comes to heating my home, I will try anything. However, I have to say the best thing that efficient heated my home was upgrading to an energy efficient heating system.