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January 12th, 2016 by MichiganLiving 7 Practical Tips That Can Help Keep Your House Warm (And Save Energy Cost) During Winter Season

During winter season, our energy consumption and bills shoot up to the roof. We use the heater 24/7 not to mention those gadgets and appliances that are working almost non stop at every part of our home.

To help keep your energy bills in manageable figure, below are few practical tips that can keep your house warm (meaning less heater/energy usage) during winter season.

Winter Home

Seal up those gaps and cracks

Sealing up cracks and gaps at every corner of your home can make a huge difference in terms of indoor temperature. You can use weather stripping around doors and windows and gap filler for cracks in the walls.

Close any rooms that are not in use

If you and other family members are staying in the living room, make sure to close those doors heading to the bedroom. If your heating system will let you, make sure to turn it off in unused rooms.

Use heavy curtains to at your windows

Using heavy curtains that extends below the window frame can help prevent the heat from escaping through the window. It works as an insulation that can keep the warmth inside your home.

Winter and Snow

Use proper insulation

A properly and well insulated house uses less energy for heating during winter season. Make sure your home is well insulated and if it’s not, it’s not too late to do so.

Let the sunlight in!

Allowing the sunlight to come in is a great way to warm your home in a  free and natural way. Consider opening up your blinds during the day to let the shine in and close it down when it’s already dark.

Winter Home Snow

Don’t forget to insulate your water pipes

External hot water pipes must be properly insulated too! This can help reduce heat loss from your hot water tank thus reducing the energy needed to get hot water. Simple insulating tapes that you can buy at your local hardware store could work wonders for this tip.

Keep your heater in good condition

Proper maintenance and regular check up of the heater will keep it running more efficiently. A dirty and dusty heater usually uses more energy than those clean and well maintained ones. Doing this alone can help you save a lot of money from energy costs.

 


26 responses to “7 Practical Tips That Can Help Keep Your House Warm (And Save Energy Cost) During Winter Season”

  1. We have the opposite problem in AZ. Our electricity bill skyrockets in summer. These are great tips for everyone though.

  2. Alli says:

    When we moved into our current home years ago, it was old and poorly insulated. We’ve worked hard to get it properly insulated and boy, I can tell the difference. We also replaced the windows with double pane windows. It really does help.

  3. Great tips! We have a really old house and some of these are really big issues. We always cover our windows in plastic to help keep the heat in.

  4. These are wonderful home tips you provided! I’ll have to make sure my Hubby and I do that list! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are great tips to conserve heat during the Winter. I always try to use heavy, thick curtains to keep the windows insulated. Thanks for sharing these easy tips!

  6. I am sat in bed and I can feel the british breeze seep through my windows, I need new curtains as the window vents are driving me insane and cold. Great tips

  7. Liz Mays says:

    These are really good ideas. My desk is right by a big window and it’s just freezing in the winter.

  8. Michele D says:

    This is such a great post and even for us Floridians. Our homes don’t have much installation here so this is important for us here too. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  9. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are indeed great tips for keeping your house warm during the winter season. Living in the U. P. of Michigan it gets cold and winter seems to last forever so these tips really do help. I always open my curtains in the day time to let the sun in to heat up the rooms. Insulating the water pipes is almost a must here too and it really does save money. Thanks for these tips.

  10. Lisa Martens says:

    Great tips! I live in an older home that needed a lot of work when we acquired it. Last year we were finally able to have insulation blown in and got everything sealed up. It was a huge project but is already starting to pay for itself. It has definitely helped keep the house comfortable and probably saves us up to 40% on our heating bill. It stays cooler in the summer too.

  11. Ickle Pickle says:

    Brilliant tips – we never have snow, but we have biting winds. It has got so much colder here this week. Kaz

  12. Jeanine says:

    Heavy curtains are seriously helping at my house. my bedroom is in our cooler basement and we have super heavy curtains up and you’d never know we are in the basement.. such great advice here!

  13. Chris Lewis says:

    The heavy curtains definitely helps – invest in good quality ones and a good rod to hold them!!

  14. Heather S-G says:

    These are all great tips. I’m a Michigan girl, so I know all about the necessity of these…but I hadn’t thought about heavy curtains before. Looks like I need to go shopping!

  15. My problem is that I have a box a/c, so in the winter I have to cover it with tape … learned that the hard way! (cold air was coming in through it)

  16. Bree says:

    Great tips! I definitely see some heavy curtains in my future.

  17. alexandria says:

    I’ve been looking for a big curtain for my sliding glass door. I thought for sure it would help in the colder months. No luck though. Thanks for the tips.

  18. These tips are perfectly timed as it just got really cold here! I absolutely love our thermal curtains, I feel like they make a huge difference.

  19. Becki says:

    Excellent tips! Our windows are the areas of our house with the worst insulation – I bet heavy curtains/drapes could do wonders.

  20. Mimi says:

    We have to replace the windows in our house because they are drafty. Trying to build a little more equity in the house and use that because it is going to be about 20K to do them right. SIGH!!! Great tips, thanks for sharing.

  21. Great tips! I miss snow! We are in Bay area, CA and past few weeks have been very cold. I have changed some of our light curtains to heavier ones and it is making a huge difference in the inside temperature.

  22. Crystal says:

    That’s a great idea about the curtains! I love sunlight!

  23. Michelle T says:

    Those are some great tips. I never thought about closing vents in rooms we are not using and about using long curtains. We usually put plastic up in the windows to stop the cold air from coming in.

  24. These are amazing tips! We are in a bigger place this winter and have to really watch our usage. Will be sharing these tips with everyone in my home to make sure we keeping warm but at the same time not spending more.

  25. Mimi Green says:

    Great tips, we need to get heavy drapes. We have mini blinds up to the windows and that is it. I’m sure it would do wonders for my heating and cooling bill.

  26. XmasDolly says:

    Yep, I got these all down pat for where I live we start in the Fall and get it all down before winter starts that’s for sure.

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