With temperatures finally starting to drop in the Texas capital, more Austinites are wearing sweaters and coats for the first time in several months. Though homeowners throughout Austin may still be cooling their homes, soon they’ll want to keep the heat inside as much as possible. Below we’ve listed ways to stay cozy without breaking the bank.
Keep your coats on
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to stay warm during the winter months is by wearing your winter gear indoors. This will keep you from raising your thermostat to a higher temperature and save money on heating costs. Wrapping up in blankets while sitting on the couch or in your favorite chair will also keep you warm.
Program your thermostat
A couple months ago, we mentioned that programming your thermostat can help save on cooling costs. The same method applies for heating! While you’re at work or out of the house for more than an hour, make sure you set your AC to a cooler temperature. As with cooling, you can always readjust the settings when you’ve returned home. Some thermostats can be programmed to heat only specific rooms in your home, which helps keep you comfortable without consuming extra energy.
Use a space heater
If you’d rather not run your heater at all, you could make use of a space heater. These devices are particularly useful when the house is less occupied. If you’re migrating from one room to another, simply bring the space heater with you. You can also help keep the heat in one room by closing off doors and vents in rooms not being used. In any case, always keep the space heater away from drapes and other flammable objects.
Prevent hot air from escaping
It’s possible that hot air is escaping through your attic, fireplace or even small cracks in your windows and doors. It’s a good idea to have these items inspected before the cold weather arrives to see if any leaks exist. Many of these leaks can be fixed using plastic sheeting, tape, caulk or silicon. Insulating your home can also help prevent air leaks.
For more tips about reducing your Austin home’s heating costs, visit EnergySavers.gov.