As we approach the end of a beautiful and colorful autumn, the air temperature is getting lower and the days shorter. Fortunately, we have a few more weeks to prepare for the coming winter.
Winter, of course, is the time of year when we all notice that our gas and electricity bills are rising significantly as a result of the increased use of artificial lighting and heaters.
Despite increased electricity consumption, there are ways to save money in winter. Here are six helpful tips:
1. Insulate your home
You also don’t have to exaggerate your home with insulation, but the first thing to do to prepare for the winter is to make sure the cold doesn’t get in your apartment or home. Insulation is usually provided at the edges of doors and windows.
Installing a metal rim on the underside of the parade and back door will prevent cold from penetrating through the lower gap. Door trim is not expensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.
To insulate cracks and gaps around windows, you can buy a silicone tube at a building materials store. By insulating all possible areas, you will not only prevent the intake of cold air indoors, but also keep them warm for longer.
2. Homemade seasonal meals
This next tip has a threefold benefit; you can save money by buying seasonal foods, cooking at home instead of having a meal out of the house, and using the heat of the oven that spreads throughout the house.
Buying and cooking seasonal fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money. Potatoes, apples, pumpkins, carrots and other root vegetables are available in the season and are very versatile in cooking.
You can cook soups, stews and many other dishes that are perfect for the cold months.
After using the oven, when it contains healthy pies, vegetables or cinnamon buns, open the oven door and allow the heat to spread through the room.
3. Dress warmer
Remember when your kid wanted to turn on the heater, parents used to say “If you got cold, maybe put on a sweater”? Anyway, we tell you the same thing!
When at home, try to limit the use of heaters. This is the first reason for the increase in electricity bills this year.
If you are lying in bed or couch watching TV or reading, take a blanket and put it around your legs or shoulders.
If you’re in a T-shirt but want to turn on the heater because it’s getting cool, put on a sweater instead. Do you walk around the house barefoot?
Wear socks to keep your feet warm. If your feet are warm, you will notice that your whole body is warmer.
4. Open the curtains
Another great way to save energy and money is to use blinds and curtains.
When the sun is shining, use the heat of the sun and open the blinds or curtains to shine sunlight indoors.
In the evenings, close the blinds and curtains to keep warm indoors. The use of curtains provides an extra layer of thermal insulation to your apartment or home.
5. Heat the room
Even with multiple layers of clothing, there are times when you still need to turn on the heater. When using the heater, try to use its heat correctly.
This means that you must close the door in the room you are in to prevent heat from escaping to other areas.
Heaters are more suitable for heating small areas. You will also notice that the heater can be used less.
For example, when closing a door, it may only be necessary to use the heater for 30 minutes in a confined space rather than several hours in a wide heating area.
6. Use LED bulbs
In 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, LED bulbs are more expensive than conventional bulbs, but they will significantly reduce your electricity bill as they consume about 20% of the energy consumed by conventional bulbs. They also last much longer.
In addition, candlelight is very popular in the Nordic countries, helping to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Not only does it look beautiful, it also provides warmth and lighting.