How To Keep Your House Warm

January 5, 2015
energy efficiency

How to Keep Your Home Warm When You Need it Most
A warm home is always important; however, it becomes especially critical when you or your child is feeling ill. Unfortunately, rising utility costs are making it harder and harder for Americans to keep their thermostats elevated. If you're struggling to keep your home warm, the following energy efficiency tips can help.
Check your insulation. Attic insulation can have a big impact on your home's heating. Inspect this area for bare spots and make sure you're using the right type of insulation based on your regional climate.
Seal your home. Drafts and air leaks can siphon away your money by letting heat out into the cold. Use caulking and other sealants to make sure your home isn't wasting heat.
Lower your thermostat when you're not at home. No one wants to arrive to a cold home; however, you can save a lot of money by conserving energy when no one is using your home.
Close vents. If you're not using a room, close the vents to make sure you aren’t paying for unused heat.
Use the sun. Maximize your sun exposure by opening east-facing blinds in the morning and west facing blinds in the afternoon.
Check your windows. Consider upgrading to modern energy-efficient windows, which waste much less heat. If you can't afford the expense, check to see if you qualify for federal- or state-sponsored rebates or tax breaks related to these types of upgrades.
When You Do Get Sick
No one wants to feel cold while they're sick; however, it's not always possible for budget-strapped people to turn their thermostats higher. If you're fighting off a cold, you can stay warm by wearing heavy wool socks and staying under blankets. You can also drink warm fluids and use a hot water bottle to stay comfortable while you're getting better.
Although these strategies may seem simple, they can help you make ends meet by lowering your thermostat a few degrees. They can go a long way toward making you feel better, when seasonal colds have you struggling to get by. Also, if you do catch a cold this winter, be sure to get the facts about various remedies with our latest infographic.

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