Have you ever wondered where the phrase “breaking the bank” came from? It doesn’t refer to breaking into and robbing a building downtown. Actually, it is a reference to the types of in-home safes or “banks,” piggy and otherwise, which allow you to easily insert money, but make it challenging or impossible to remove money unless you “break” the bank. Generally, this is done as a last resort. And I know that some winters, it feels like that’s what I’m going to have to do in order to pay my utility bills.
Simple Repairs To Lower Bills
Keeping a home warm in the winter is necessary, but costly, especially if it’s 10 years old or older. There are all kinds of places where heat can escape your home. Luckily, it’s possible to plug a few of those heat sinks with some simple repair jobs.
Use Electric Blankets
For instance, instead of running your heater all night long, consider getting an electric blanket for your bed. Inside these blankets heat coils are sewn that produce an ambient heat which you can adjust to fit your preference for the right temperature as you sleep. Heated blankets come in all sizes and can often be set on timers so they aren’t operating all night long. This allows you to turn down the heat in the house a little while you stay snuggled warmly in bed.
Replace Weather Stripping
Add or replace weather stripping on your windows and doors. This is what provides the seal when apertures are closed against the frigid outdoor atmosphere. Weather stripping should be replaced when it gets torn, wears down, separates from the frame, or allows light to enter the room even when the door or window is closed. This is a quick, cheap fix that most homeowners can do on their own in just a couple minutes.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
A trick few people know about is that ceiling fans can actually help you stay warm as well as cool. When the cold months begin, simply flip the switch which is found on all ceiling fans so it rotates clockwise. Instead of pulling cool air up like they usually do, the blades will now push warm air down. This is especially useful when your heat vents are in the ceiling or high on the walls. Hot air rises, after all, and you probably don’t spend a lot of time a foot or two from your ceiling.
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