Have you ever opened a utility bill and immediately panicked, wondering “how am I going to pay for this?” Am I going to have enough for groceries? Well here are some easy tips to try to help reduce those bills so the cold months won’t be so stressful in your kb home (see http://www.kbhome.com/)
1. Soak up the sun. The sun gives light and heat to all. Use that resource. Open the curtains during the day to bring that warmth into your home. Once the sun sets, so do the curtains. Enjoy the freedom from the sun. And even better, there is no sun tax for using it.
2. Accessorize with the season. In summertime it is time to wear shorts around the house, have some ice cold lemonade. Why do we do this? It gets hot! So in winter time, why not wear some extra layers around the house, even a coat if needed. Grab some hot chocolate. Snuggle up to a blanket while watching a movie or reading.
3. Fan of the Fans. Homes that have better ventilation and airflow can be more energy efficient during winter. You can get better air flow by strategically using ceiling fans. Having them turn counter-clockwise can pull hot air upwards in the summer months and switching them to turn clockwise can help trap that warm air inside to keep the area warmer in the winter months. Keep your ceiling fan set to low to gently pull warm air back down.
4. Adjust the thermostat at night. How does 10 percent savings a year sound for your heating bills? You can save this amount simply by dialing your thermostat down ten to fifteen degrees for eight hours. If needed, grab an extra blanket or comforter at night to help in offsetting the drop in temperature.
5. Don’t heat what you don’t use. Seems obvious, right? Is there a guest room in the house that gets used once every two or three months? Well close the vent to that room until it is ready to be used again. Get that heat redirected to another room that gets used all the time. The less heat used is a lower bill and a happy person.