10 Ways to Keep Your House Warm Without Blasting the Heat.

10 Ways to Keep Your House Warm Without Blasting the Heat.


From lining your windows with bubble wrap to changing your ceiling fan’s direction, these heating hacks will get you through the winter intact.

1. Caulk your window frames.
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Apply caulk to seal off leaks in and out of windows. Caulk is cheap and can add up big savings on your energy bill.

2. Close off unused rooms.
Keeping doors closed won’t just prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house — it will help keep the heat you’ve generated.

3. Change your sheets.

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Again, something as simple as swapping from cotton sheets to flannel, and throwing on a heavier down comforter and some extra blankets can make all the difference.

4. Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise.
Whether you know it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be changed according to the season. Setting a fan to rotate clockwise in the winter at a lower speed, can drive warm air down towards you.

5. Open or close curtains.

Sunlight provides plenty of natural warmth on a cold day, but without it, heat escapes back the way it came – through your windows. Use heavy thermal curtains to trap heat in your home while the sun isn’t shining.

 
6. Add more layers to your floor.
Area rugs aren’t just a way to add color and style, their original purpose was to keep a hard surface warmer for your poor toes.  According to the National Energy Foundation, floors account for as much as 10 percent of heat loss if they’re not insulated, but adding a rug can help curb this loss.
7. Turn off your exhaust fans.
Turning off the exhaust fans in your bathroom or kitchen can avoid pulling hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your home. If you must use them, be sure to turn them off when you’re done.
 
8. Add more insulation.
If you live in an older home, adding insulation to your walls and attic is a bit of an investment, but it pays for itself in reduced energy bills.
9. Keep cold air out with a draft-stopper.
Fill in the gap between your door and the floor with an insulating draft-stopper. Get one for around $10 or make your own!
10. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
You can save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat 7-10°F cooler for the hours you’re away at work.
 
And when all else fails, bundle up!

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