How to Make a House Warmer in Winter

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As home heating prices rise, many people are looking for ways to both stay warm and cut costs.Making a house warmer is both necessary and appealing in the winter months.

  • Buy and use space heaters. Gas and oil prices have risen dramatically. Electric heat can be expensive, too, but especially in a small area, using the electric space heaters will save one money on the energy bill. Space heaters use very little electricity to heat part of a home.

  • Use door warmers or seals. You can buy these or make them yourself with a little material, stuffing and thread. They can be made as decorations, too. Essentially, they are baffles laid at the bottom of doorways to keep out cold drafts. They will keep out unwanted cold breezes, while saving a lot of money on a heating bills. The house will be less drafty and cozier.

  • Keep the thermostat at 68º. The 68-degree range is warm enough for a home and keeping the thermostat on one number value all winter will not tax the furnace. Resetting the thermostat to higher and lower numbers uses more energy and will cause a higher heating bill.

  • Wear warmer clothes in the home. Wear clothes that are warmer and cozier. This will eliminate the need to boost the temperature, as comfort measures are achieved with warmer clothing. Using the oven to bake an apple or other pie also helps the household feel warmer.

  • Ask the electric power company to help you winterize. In most areas, the power company offers programs in which they will perform energy audits of your home and offer some suggestions such as putting plastic over and around all the windows and other ways to seal out the cold. Some companies and other agencies actually will provide the materials and people to help you winterize.

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