It’s no coincidence that when temperatures drop, you notice an increase in certain bills. Heating your home can be one of your biggest expenses in winter so it is worth thinking of ways to reduce heating costs before tackling anything else. Some of the following ways to save money require an initial outlay of money, such as installing an electric heater in the bathroom, but the costs over the long term more than make up for what you spend upfront. Other tips are simple ones that do not cost you anything but can all add up to save you a considerable amount in winter.
1. Use electric heaters
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Electric radiators are a cost-efficient method to heat the home and provide efficient heating suitable for all rooms, even the bathroom and kitchen. For those with large homes, closing doors to parts of the home where you don’t spend time allows the heat to collect in a smaller area.
Installing bathroom electric heaters is often the first step for those who can’t face the idea of undressing in the cold and not having warm towels to use after a bath or shower. Electric heaters are not difficult to install and there are many different types available from top companies like Best Electric Radiators, Dimplex and Climastar.
2. Cook at home
One of the joys of winter is to enjoy heartwarming meals with family and friends. While going out can be an occasional treat, cooking a meal at home can save you money. You can offer your guests a memorable experience even if they have to brave the weather to come to you. Try out some comforting winter recipes with ingredients that are more affordable, such as soups. Add some interesting breads and cheeses for a substantial meal.
When cooking at home, try to do it in an energy-efficient way. Boiling many large pots of water on the stove is not the best way to save energy. Remember that a microwave provides a more efficient way to reheat than a stovetop which wastes a fair amount of heat. Of course, there are several variables that can influence this, such as the relative efficiency of the appliances involved.
3. Avoid fast winter fashion
When winter comes around, you will be tempted to purchase new warm clothing. Instead of going for the latest styles that will no longer be trendy next winter, consider purchasing classic clothing, like a long, wool winter coat in a color that’s likely to stay in style. You can create a stylish and unique winter look by shopping in thrift stores, charity shops or at online second-hand stores. Gently used clothing often comes at a really good price.
4. Take care of your vehicle
Vehicles require a little more TLC in cold weather. Oil in the engine thickens in cold weather and works less effectively so read the owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the right oil for the winter conditions in your area. Using the right oil makes it more efficient and helps it to last longer. Winter ice and snow can wear out rubber parts and the air pressure drops in tires so you need to check it more often in cold weather.
When you drive to work every day in harsh weather conditions, your vehicle suffers more wear and tear. Think about carpooling with others to avoid having to drive every day. This will save you money and prolong the life of your vehicle and of course, it is good for the environment.
5. Develop simple do-it-yourself energy-saving habits
If you want to save money in winter, you need to be conscious of all the actions you take on a daily basis. Simple measures like turning off lights when you leave a room, washing clothes in cold water and using caulking to seal cracks in window frames or doors can all add up and help you to save money. Even unplugging your appliances when you’re not using them helps to save small amounts of electricity. Increasing the insulation in your home by putting up heavier curtains in winter and laying rugs over wooden floors will help to keep heat in and the cold out.