If the doors and windows don't
seem to be the culprit, check out your chimney. If your chimney
is open all winter long, you are allowing heat escape and cold
air to seep in. When your fireplace isn't in use be sure to close
the chimney flue up - you'll notice a big difference right away.
Sunshine is a great source of
natural warmth, so if the sun is shining open up curtains to
let it in. You might be surprised at how much heat is generated
by doing such a simple thing, and the best part is its free!
You can see how solar paneling would easily be able to generate
enough energy to heat a house.
A programmable thermostat is
another solution to achieve a warm house and yet keep the energy
costs down. A programmable thermostat can be set to lower levels
when you are under blankets in bed at night and be set to higher
levels when you are awake. This is the easy option to practice
to achieve a low bill and yet keep the house warm - the cost
of a good thermostat is well justified and makes it all worth
Heat may also be lost to an
unfinished basement. You may wonder how this can be if it's closed
off from the rest of the house, but where is your water heater?
It may be losing heat before it even gets into the rest of your
house. You can purchase inexpensive outer casings to protect
If you have tried all the easy
tricks and your house still feels like a tomb, it may be time
to get your insulation checked. Of course, no one wants to hear
this. Ask for a couple of consultations to see if the insulation
is doing its job. If it's necessary to replace it, check carefully
and shop around for different installers. You may be surprised
by a lower cost than you originally anticipated. Besides, in
the long run these changes may result in reduced heating costs.
No one likes to be cold in the
winter, and keeping your home nice and heated doesn't have to
cost you enormous amounts of money. Try these tips and you might
be surprised at the difference it makes.