Winter can be one of the most difficult times of the year to save money. With these frugal tips and tricks, though, you can save money and still stay warm this season. Just because you’re running your heat more, doesn’t mean you have to accept a big bill each month. With winter coming we knew we needed to do something to stock up some savings, so we made a few simple tweaks and have really seen the savings. Use these simple and frugal tips and tricks in your own home, and you’ll see the savings on your heating bill too!
Simple and Frugal Tips to Stay Warm and Save Money
1. Unplug Appliances You Aren’t Using
Sure, you’re going to be running your heat more during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bank some savings somewhere. Even when not in use, your appliances pull electricity. One way that we’ve been able to save money on electricity all year long is unplugging our unused appliances. Unplug items like your television, washer and dryer, and other appliances you use periodically. Doing this will help you save energy and money!
2. Work on Insulation
Another way you can really add up on your heating savings is by maintaining effective insulation in your home. This tip will likely take same upfront investment that will pay off in the long run. The purpose with insulation is to hold in heat so you have to run your heating system less. Think about improving your insulation by installing actual insulation throughout your home. Another option is to implement furnishings that serve as insulation. We added curtains to all of the windows in our home and noticed a huge difference. Other items that help improve insulation are rugs and door wraps.
3. Have Your HVAC System Serviced
Just like with anything else, you are going to end up paying more in electricity if your system isn’t functioning efficiently. If you haven’t already done so, schedule an appointment with your preferred HVAC technician to run a maintenance check on your system. We did this at the beginning of winter, and ended up spending just over $100 for the check and replacing some filters. This investment alone has saved us two or three times as much already, though!
4. Set Back Your Thermostat
Why would you pay for something you’re not using? You shouldn’t, right? So, why pay for heat when you aren’t home? One of my favorite frugal tips and tricks for saving money on heating is turning back the thermostat when we’re not home. By setting our thermostat back by 10 to 12 degrees when we’re not home, we’re able to save 10 to 15 percent each month! That savings really adds up! You can also bank some more savings by setting your thermostat lower when you are sleeping.
5. Only Heat Used Spaces
If you’re anything like us, we only use 1 to 2 rooms in our home on a regular basis. Another way we’re able to save extra on our heating bill every month is setting the thermostat back a couple of degrees and using a small space heater to warm the room that we’re in at any given time. Consistently using this practice of only heating the rooms you’re using, can save you upwards of $200 throughout the entire season.
The fact that it’s winter does mean that you’re going to have to run your heat more, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot to do it. Use these frugal tips and tricks to stay warm and still save money this winter!
Do you have any frugal tips and tricks for saving money on heating? What are you favorite frugal tips for controlling your heating costs?