How To Keep Warm in the Winter (Without Freezing your Wallet)

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Can you believe that we are almost in December? This year has flown by (though in truth, every year seems to fly by). Now, the leaves are changing color and the air is growing chilly, and this means two things: the rest of this year will be a whirlwind of school events and holiday parties, and the electric bill is about to start climbing.

Of course, it is important to keep the house warm and toasty during the winter months. Flu season starts soon after the chill sets in, and (as we talked about last week) every absence from school can have lasting effects on a child’s education. A warm house is an important part of keeping sickness at bay. But is there a way to keep warm without making your electric costs skyrocket? In a word: absolutely.

You can keep your energy cost (and your carbon footprint) low all year round by making simple changes around your home. This is especially important as summer turns into fall – if you don’t you may soon find that 50 percent of your electric bill goes to heating your home alone.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “This time of year is already hectic enough. You want me to do more?”

Trust me, I hear you. But don’t worry – it really doesn’t take much to have an energy-efficient, cost-efficient, warm home all winter long.

What Can I Do?

One of the easiest ways to heat your home is to take advantage of that ball of hot plasma we circle each day: the sun. Open the blinds on the sunny side of your house during the day, and watch as the warm, natural sunlight streams in and heats up your house. You’ll find that a little light goes a long way. Just make sure your windows themselves are shut so no heat escapes!

Another way to keep warm air circulating in your home is to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. Most fans are equipped with a switch that will spin the blades in a clockwise direction (they go counter-clockwise during the spring and summer). Changing directions will draw the air in the room upwards while pushing warmer air down towards your family. Voila! Warmer air throughout the home with the simple flip of a switch.

Do you have any tips on how to keep your electric bill down?

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  1. I think it’s about time that I switched the fan direction in my bedroom.

  2. BarbaraAnne says:

    I have no idea which way my ceiling fan is turning….

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