Sometimes winter strikes our budget really recklessly, making us spend a fortune on heating. With these tips, it is guaranteed that you can reduce these costs and you will be happy to see the amount on your next heating bill.
1. Aluminum foils behind the radiator
Make sure you spread a great size of aluminum foil behind your heater. Do not do this with any other substances because they might catch on fire. This way the heat won’t be absorbed by the wall but reflected by the foil. This way by using a lot less energy your room will be at the same temperature!
2. Block those drafty windows with acrylic caulk
What’s the use in heating if the cold air is constantly sneaking in through little slots around the frame of the window? To check if this is the case in your home simply grab a lighter and follow along the frame. Wherever the light flickers you have some sealing to do. You can use acrylic latex caulk on those spots. Make sure you remove the old insulation leftovers. Then apply an even amount of caulk on the frames. This works with wooden and plastic frames only.
3. Use self-adhesive insulating seals
This is an another good method for eliminating the cold air flowing into your room around your door or windows. Buy self-adhesive window seals of any material and stick them on the pre-cleaned frames. Be aware that you might need to replace them sometimes as they get torn and less effective over the course of a few months.
4. An easier draft stopping method
If you don’t want to fiddle with sticking something on your frame, you may use draft stoppers or draft excluders. You can simply place them in front of the threshold and just remove them easily when spring finally arrives.
5. Setting the thermostat below 70°F
Many of us fall into the trap of turning up the heater to the maximum in order to get a quick wave of good temperature. If we can be a bit rational and patient keeping the heater at a reasonable 68° for eight hours during the day, we can get a lot better results with 15% less to pay.