Winter is here, and that means higher utility bills for many homeowners. With colder temperatures, it may be tempting to crank up the thermostat to feel comfortable. However, doing so can be expensive and lead to sky-high energy bills. Here are a few tips to keep your home warm without spending a fortune.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

1. Boost Insulation

Make sure your insulation is adequate enough to do the job. Proper insulation retains heat, keeping your home warm and heating bills low. Inspect the attic to verify the insulation is in good condition and adequate for the climate. Check around doors and windows for drafts. Weatherstripping and caulk are inexpensive products to seal cracks and gaps to stop airflow.

Boost insulation around windows by installing heavy curtains of velvet or canvas. Layering curtains over cellular window blinds helps block drafts and keeps your living spaces warmer.

2. Use Sunlight

Warm your living spaces by using the radiant heat from the sun. The sun is an excellent source of free heat, especially on a sunny day. During the day, open south-facing curtains or drapes to allow sunlight into the living spaces. Close the curtains at night to trap heat inside your home.

3. Keep Your Home Warm with Rugs and Blankets

Rugs make your rooms feel warmer by providing insulation underfoot. Add throw rugs over hardwood and tile flooring. Your feet will be warmer, and you’ll add color and texture to the room.

Use throw blankets as part of your seasonal decor. Put them on chairs, couches, window seats, and beds. Your family can enjoy instant warmth when relaxing to watch television or enjoy a book.

4. Adjust the Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are not just for cooling; in winter, they circulate warm air in your home. Adjust your ceiling fan so the blades rotate clockwise, pushing warm air near the ceiling back into the living space.

5. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Invest in a smart thermostat to keep the house warm and improve energy efficiency. Programmable thermostats allow you to manage your home’s temperature to match your daily routine. Pre-set the thermostat to turn down the temperature during the day or while you’re sleeping, and automatically warm the living spaces in the evening when you return home from work.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to maintain a cozy home. Small efforts to boost insulation will help keep your family comfortable and reduce your monthly heating bills. Enjoy warm living spaces to relax and unwind this season.

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