Saving money is always a challenge because, well … life. But there are always things you can do to save a few bucks here and there, and those things differ based on the season. If you’d like to save a few bucks this winter, (or even the next couple weeks if you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet…) here are a few things that are easy to do and may help…
Look for drafts: If you’ve ever found a bug in your house, then there’s more than likely a few places where your losing that good ol “bought air”. Most of those drafts will probably be around your doors and windows so get some weatherstripping and reinforce any problem areas.
Check your fireplace: While your fireplace may be helpful during the winter if you enjoying burning wood, it can also be a problem when you’re not burning if your flue isn’t sealing properly. Get someone who knows what they’re doing to check it out and if you’re not using it at all, consider putting a cap on top of your chimney (and look for cracks in the brick while you’re up there).
Invest in your thermostat: Just turning your thermostat up and down when you remember to adjust it isn’t the best plan for saving money on your heating bill. A smart thermostat will learn your habits and make adjustments for you, which will help your bill at the end of the month. If you don’t feel like making the investment, turn it way down at night and whenever no one is home.