7 budget-friendly ways to stay warm this winter

October 15, 2014

Keeping your home at a "standard" room temperature can kill a budget. Try these proven money-saving tricks to lower your thermostat this winter and still stay warm.

7 budget-friendly ways to stay warm this winter

Know the facts

Heating experts know that turning your thermostat down a few notches in the winter can save homeowners lots of money all season long.

  • For every degree you lower your thermostat when the weather turn cooler, you can reduce your home heating costs by three to five per cent.
  • By reducing your thermostat from 72 to 68 degrees (22 C to 20 C), you could save up to 20 per cent on your heating bill.

1. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat

  • Programmable thermostats can help keep your home energy-efficient by only heating your home when you need it.
  • You can set your thermostat to turn off during the day while your kids are at school and you’re at work, saving you money each hour.

2. Let there be light

Open blinds and drapes throughout your home and let the light pour in. This will help heat rooms naturally and cheaply.

3. Invest in a space heater

A portable space heater could be just what you and your family need to save money and stay warmer this winter.

  • By lowering your thermostat and plugging in a space heater, almost any room in your house can be toastier and more comfortable.

4. Bundle up

Try wearing layers while you’re indoors. With an extra flannel shirt or sweater, you can keep yourself warm even when the thermostat is low.

  • Having a few extra blankets in your living room is another great option for beating the chill.

5. Brew a cup

Try having a warm drink like coffee or tea while your furnace is off or set low.

  • You’ll enjoy a delicious treat while keeping your body temperature at a safe level.

6. Take a bath

Soaking in warm water can help you get through even the coldest weather.

7. Get moving

Head to the gym to lift some weights or take a stroll on your treadmill or around the block.

  • This will get your heart pumping and warm you up while keeping you fit.

Finding the balance between comfort and cost

Everyone wants to save money and reduce their heating costs during the winter, but it’s important to remember that not heating your home at all can pose health risks and potential problems.

  • Houses that aren’t heated can suffer from frozen pipes and other cold weather pitfalls.
  • If you allow the temperature to stay too low, you can also risk you and your family’s health.

Staying comfortable this winter is a balance between adjusting your thermostat and doing a few simple things. Be safe, keep yourself healthy and enjoy lower heating costs this winter.

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