Winter, a season where you part with your sun-kissed skin and meet up with the freezing arms of the chilly air. While winter is mostly portrayed in pop culture as a time of festivities and wonder, the same cannot be said in real life. The truth is that winter, being the coldest time of the year, is the season where utility costs soar very high, mostly because of heating costs. However, one cannot really take away heating for the sake of financial relief because that is what helps people get through the winter. While television and the online media would share different ways and tips on how one can save on utility bills without sacrificing heating, the sad truth is that you cannot really save money without spending money.
But don’t be discouraged yet. There are still ways for you to save on utility bills and you’ll be surprised that you only have to use your common sense. Even though you won’t be able to save a large sum of money with these tips, what you do save can still help a lot.
- Layer up! Walking around the house with only shorts and a tank top may not be the best idea. The goal is to stay warm even with freezing temperatures. That’s why you have heating in your house. If you don’t want to have your heating costs soaring, you can try to lessen the use of your heaters and instead layer with some sweatshirts, socks and fuzzy slippers.
- Cover up windows and doors. Since you won’t be using all the doors and windows in your house, you can plastic the unused ones up in order to keep the heat inside the house.
- Turn the heat down. This applies during the night and when you are out. Turn your heater down to 60 whenever you are away. If you have the money to spare, you can go for a programmable thermostat because it can be a good investment.
- Service your heaters and other utilities. One of the main reasons why your bills go up is due to faulty utilities. Always keep them well-maintained and conduct the necessary furnace repair and servicing.