Heating and cooling on a budget
If you can't afford costly insulation for your house, here's some tips for conserving the energy you do use in heating and cooling.
- Every gap in your house that leads to the outside costs you money. Consider using weather strips at the bottom of external doors; they only cost a few bucks and will pay for themselves very quickly.
- Heavy drapes over windows will dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs; with the added benefit of cutting down on noise.
- Use putty to seal gaps around loose window panes
- If you have bare floors, rugs can help with insulation
- Turn off your heater 15 minutes before going to bed if possible. This can save dozens of hours in heating time over a season.
- Compromise a little. You don't need to be wearing shorts in winter :). Put on a jumper and other warm clothing and knock back your heat setting a notch.
- Heat rises, so a ceiling fan during winter can help push heat down.
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