Saturday, February 13, 2010

Money Saving Tips for Winter

1. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees and put on a sweatshirt. Turn it down even further at night and when you are away from home. Every degree above 68 degrees F adds about 3% to your heating bill.

2. Inspect/clean/replace furnace filters when needed.

3. Close off any unused rooms.

4. If you are having a bunch of friends over, turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees before they arrive. All that extra body heat will make up the difference.

5. Install pipe insulation on water pipes to help prevent them from freezing.

6. Make sure all windows are completely shut and locked. You could put plastic over them if you feel a draft.......unless you have a 3 year old. They will just pull the plastic back down. Ask me how I know.

7. If you have ceiling fans, set them to run clockwise. This will draw the air up and keep the warm air circulating. (Do the opposite in the summer.)

8. Make sure your water heater is set at 120 degrees or below. Anything above 120 degrees will burn the skin and could be dangerous, especially if you have little kiddos in the house.

Do you have any other "winter" tips you would like to share?

Here is a post about money saving tips for summer.


  1. 9. Move south and happily forgo the above mentioned list.

    That's my vote.

  2. I like your winter tips! I like Courtney's better though. LOL