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Article by John Harvey
Each year, the expense of heating your home is becoming outrageous. Here I present some winter saving tips that I have used to cut down my costs of heating my house.
Throughout the winter, the cold can be very unforgiving. Sadly for us, so can the cost of heating. With the cost of oil soaring, we are finding it harder to afford heating. To get through this time of the year; usually when the majority of spending has gone out on gifts, and food, requires one to think smart.
Every winter we spend lots of money on ourselves. However, we also spend a lot of money on heating. Frugal living is all about being wise with your cash. Winter savings tips are great, because you can not only reduce what you pay out, but you make your home more thermally efficient.
By loosing less heat out of your house, you are saving on your heating bill. How your heating works can vary. Often there is gas or oil powered central heating. Perhaps you have a boiler plate in your fire, so that the fire can supplement your central heating. Or you use electricity to heat your home.
Regardless, you need to have a green home. An efficient home.
To start preserving money throughout the winter, one can follow these simple steps:
Turn your thermostat down
By turning down the thermostat on your central heating, you will not be heating your house a great deal. Seems to be counter-intuitive? Of course it does. However, why burn lots of oil, or gas, when you can save a small fortune by turning the nob down a few clicks.
Seal all gaps in doors and windows
Homes must settle. And traditional wooden frames, even PVC ones, will bend a little as the house settles. The gaps left are great ways to loose heat from your home. So why not save yourself some money by spending money on getting draft excluders!
Close curtains or blinds
Whilst these are all very eye pleasing, their actual purpose is insulation of your home. Enjoy day light whilst it is around, but once it starts to get dark it is soon going to be cold. Take this chance to stay warm, and close curtains and blinds to retain some heat in your home.
Candles are excellent at setting a nice ambience to any room in your home. However, before getting to the tip, I must strenuously remind you not to leave candles unattended, nor lit whilst you sleep. Do not forget to have your smoke alarm checked too. Safety lesson aside. Candles, big or small, are sources of heat. You would be surprised at how much heat is given off by 10 small tea-light candles.
Put down rugs/carpets
Like curtains or blinds, rugs and carpets are used to insulate the floor of your house.
Wear a pullover/jumper/jersey
Yes, wearing additional clothes that are not commonly worn indoors will warm you up. This is great, because you can save so much on your heating bills just by doing this!
Money Saving Tips. Certainly you can use your apps for places like Gas Buddy, Local Gas Prices and Fuel finder, but did you consider getting a gas credit card? If they rebate up to 5-6% every time you fill up, it might just be worth it. www.JenniferLGilbert.com
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