Well people seem to think that they have to go and do all kinds of home improvements and purchase new gadgets to lower the heating costs. While this is true there are actually other options to consider which won't take more that a few dollars and in turn will save you money.
Use the following tips to help develop a plan of action for your household.
2. Dress warmer. Winter is not the time to be lounging around in shorts and tank tops. It is winter for a reason. Wear sweatshirts, sweatpants, flannel pajamas, and slippers for comfort. Add a sweater over regular clothes.
3. Check the furniture. Move any furniture positioned in front of heaters.
4. Curtains and blinds. During the day open them to let the suns rays in and during the night close them to help provide extra protection from any drafts that may be coming from windows.
5. Attach a sweep to the bottom of any interior doors leading out to a garage. As these doors usually don't have the same protection as doors that lead to outside the home.
6. Weather stripping. Look for old, cracked, and gaps. Replace to improve the seal to keep the drafts out.
7. Add plastic to unused windows and doors. Window Insulator kits are relatively inexpensive to purchase and in the long run will be worth the money saved. Windows and doors that let in oven the tiniest draft will add up in dollars overtime and is a huge waste of heat.
8. Use Sealant to fill cracks in doors and windows.
9. Leave the inside doors open. Leaving doors open can also increase heat. For instance after finishing a shower leave the bathroom door open to allow the heat to move outside. Also when cooking or baking leaving the kitchen door open will also allow the escape of heat.
10. Reverse the ceiling fans. This will help circulate rising heat down to where you need it more. On most fans there is a small switch on the fan that will change the direction of its spinning. If there is not then you may need to remove a few screws which you will be able to easily see. Be sure that your fan has been turned off prior to making the switch.
It may be beneficial to speak to all family members prior to putting a plan in place to ensure that everyone understands and are able to follow through.