As we approach the end of a beautiful and colorful autumn, temperatures get colder and the days shorter. Fortunately, we have a few more weeks to prepare for the coming winter.
Winter is, of course, the time of year when we all notice that our gas and electricity bills are skyrocketing due to the increased use of artificial lights and heaters.
Despite increased power consumption, there are ways you can save money during the winter. It is important to recognize invisible costs and respond in a timely manner.
Prepare for a crisis
Well, you may not have to go so far as to prepare for a crisis, but the first thing you need to do to prepare for the winter is to look for leaks that may come into your apartment or house. The most common places for draft are around the edges of doors and windows.
Putting a metal sill on the bottom of the front and rear doors will prevent cold air from flowing beneath them. Door sills are inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.
To close the cracks and gaps around the windows, you can buy a tube of silicone in the hardware store. Removing all drafts will not only prevent cold air from entering, but will also keep the heat inside for longer.
Cooking seasonal food at home
This next tip has a triple benefit; you can save money by buying seasonal food, save by cooking at home instead of eating outside and use the heat from the oven to keep the house warm.
Buying and cooking seasonal fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money. Potatoes, apples, pumpkins, carrots and other root vegetables are part of the seasonal offer and excellent versatile food. You can make soups, stews and more, which is perfect for the colder months.
After using the oven to bake healthy pies, roasted vegetables or cinnamon rolls, open the oven door and let warm air from the oven heat the room.
Wear warm clothes
Do you remember, as a kid, every time you wanted to step up your heating, your parents would say, “If it’s cold, put on a sweater”? Well, we’ll tell you the same thing!
Whenever you are at home, try to limit the use of the space heater. Space heaters are the first reason electricity bills go up this time of year.
If you are lying on a bed or couch watching TV or reading, cover yourself with a blanket and place it over your legs or shoulders. If you wear a T-shirt but plan to light the heater because you are cold, put on a sweater instead. Do you walk barefoot around the house? Wear socks to keep your feet warm. If your feet are warm, you will notice that the rest of your body will also be warmer.
Put on the curtains
Another great way to save energy and money is to use shutters and curtains.
When the sun is shining, use the heat and lift the blinds or pull the curtains to let in the sunlight.
In the evening, lower the blinds and roll the curtains to keep the heat inside. Using curtains adds an extra layer of insulation to your apartment or home.
Warm up the room
Even with extra layers of clothing, there are times when you have to use a space heater. When using a heater, make sure you use its heat properly. This means closing the door in the room you are in so as not to allow heat to escape to other rooms.
Heaters are much more efficient in heating smaller spaces than in heating larger spaces. You will also notice that you need to use the heater less. For example, closing a door may only use the heater for 30 minutes in a concentrated area, not a few hours.
Use LED bulbs
In the winter, when the days are shorter and darker, we use much more electricity. A smart way to save energy and money is to use LED bulbs. Yes, it is initially more expensive to buy LED bulbs than regular bulbs, but you will see a big difference in your electricity bill as they use about 20% of the energy of ordinary bulbs. And they last a lot longer.
In addition, the use of candles in the Nordic countries is very popular, which helps create a pleasant and enticing atmosphere. Not only does it look beautiful, it also creates warmth and light.