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Winter is Coming: How Warm Your House on a Budget.

Posted by Haley Moran on Oct 27, 2016 5:57:58 PM

Keeping warm during the winter can be expensive. Here's some tips how to do it on a budget.

Yes, it is still the Autumn season, but winter will be here before we know it. Having an improper heating system can not only lead to a long, cold and miserable winter, but your energy bill could be the one that ends up feeling the heat.

I seem to remember certain lyrics that mention something along the lines of the weather outside being frightful, but their fire is so delightful. Well, Dean Martin might wish to bring on the snow, but you’re on a budget, and aren’t looking forward to the heating cost this winter. Here’re some helpful tips that will help you keep warm this winter without burning a hole in your pocket.


Tips to Stay Warm without Burning Through Your Budget.

 

Did You Know?
  • Space heaters are the largest energy expense in the average American home. In fact, on average, 45% of homeowner energy bills are due to space heaters.
  • Almost 60% of American homes are heated by natural gas. Natural gas is the most common heating fuel.
  • Between 2007 - 2012, the average American household spent more than $1,700 a year to heat their homes with heating oil, and $700 a year with natural gas.
 
Even when indoors, layer up and save a bundle.

Obviously, running the heater less will result in lower energy bills. So, why not bundle up indoors?

If you want to save on energy costs to heat your house, start with the obvious and dress warmly.  Mostly, you lose body heat from any unclothed skin. So, even when you are inside, instead of turning up the heat, bundle up and wear a hat. Even when you’re indoors,  pay attention to what you’re wearing.

Will your clothing protect you from losing body heat? A base layer such as long underwear and wool socks, and an external layer that is wind- and water-proof will insulate and prevent you from losing your own body heat through conduction or convection.

Turn on your ceiling fans. No, seriously.Adjusting your ceiling fan can help circulate heat, and keep it from rising away from you.

Back in the glory days of elementary school, we learned that heat rises. If you make a simple adjustment to your ceiling fan to where it moves in a clockwise direction, this will push all that ceiling-lingering warm air back down to where you can actually feel it.

Don’t tolerate, insulate!If your home is always drafty, double check the insulation.

If your home always seems to be cold, and you can’t pinpoint the escape route of your evasive heat, inproper insulation may  be the culprit. If you haven’t updated the insulation in your home, or if you are aware Consider this: up to 25% of your home’s heat goes right through the roof, literally. Even worse, 35% of heat is lost through the walls.

Insulation is a fundamental component in slowing the escape of heat from inside the house, which, needless to say, lowers your energy bills. There are many ways you can go about ensuring your home is properly insulated, and DIY home insulation is cost effective as well!

Don’t forget your water heater, either.

Insulating your water heater can significantly lower your heating bill.

If you have an older home, it’s likely your hot water tank is not insulated. Surprisingly, hot water tanks that are not insulated could result in about 25% to 45% standby heat loss, which could increase your energy bill 15% or more!

Just like walls and roof need to be insulated, you should seriously consider insulating your heater tank. If your water tank is warm to the touch, then it likely needs an insulation jacket of some sort. Pre-cut jackets and blankets are perfect can improve your energy efficiency, save you money each month, and only cost around $20!

Ready, set, snow!

If these hacks, tips, and tricks to avoid high energy costs are still leaving you out in the cold  question, then you might need to consider replacing your heating appliances, thermostats, and air-seal your home against drafts. However, that also carries a hefty price-tag, and you need more economical solutions to survive the winter. If these options are out of your budget, then don’t worry. Instead of fixing it, you can sell it for top-dollar.

MoneyBug will buy your house, and it doesn’t even matter if there’s heating issues or drafty doors and windows, we can close the sale in as little as seven days and pay the highest possible amount of cash for your house, guaranteed. The faster the sale is completed, the faster you can get into a new, warmer, cozy home.

It all starts with your personalized cash offer. You want to stay warm, right? Well how about starting with some cold hard cash?

Don't Fix It, Sell It!

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Haley Moran

Written by Haley Moran

With a mother who's a successful interior decorator and a grandfather who's a house flipper, Haley grew up in an environment that was centered around real estate. She has a background in journalism and mass communications, and has been a non-fiction writer since 2004.

Topics: Insider, Homeowner Tips and Tricks

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