So many frugal home tips exist on the internet today. One of the best ways to save money on a heat bill is to track. Research and track usage each month. Many year’s ago they were read about in books, or handed down from generation to generation. Really, in the last fifty year’s we have become less reliant on saving money and adapting to a spending lifestyle.
Over the years I have adapted and tried to save on our heat bill. Some worked, some didn’t. Our heat bill hovers around an estimated amount each month.
If that amount increases, then I know it is time to go back and pull another saving source. Saving on the heat bill makes sense to me in the winter because we can always wear more clothes to keep warm.
Frugal Home Savings
Living in a home with two stories can be expensive to heat in the winter. One way to save is to place a plastic covering in the stairway entrance. Family members can still go in and out but it holds heat into the main living space.
One level homes can still save money with this method by closing off an unused room or hallway. Using the plastic covering still allows the area to be used, but not heated.
I have learned most of my frugal tips from harder times. During times early in my marriage money was tight. I had to pinch pennies and keep to a tight budget. All of that has carried over because frugal living changes you.
Quick Habits for Savings
Use the bath water or hot shower water to heat the room. Closing the door will hold the heat in without turning up the heat dial.
Another way to save is too keep all of the closet doors shut. Closing the door heats the room, not the clothes.
We use the fan to circulate after showers.
Long-Term Solutions for Saving
I may have mentioned this before, but sectioning off a part of the house that is not used as much helps to hold in heat. A basement for instance that is not finished, a room that is unused, or a sunroom can be sectioned off with a plastic divider.
Trying to contain heat into a few rooms saves more money that heating an entire house. Studies also show that people who lower the heat dial at night sleep better. Hot and stuffy does equate to a good night rest. Prepare for a cold morning with a robe and houseshoes handy.
Next, a new furnace and air conditioning unit may be beneficial. A couple of year’s ago we were forced to get a new heating/air unit. Paying for it upfront was a hefty cost, but worth every dime. Our bill is now 1/4 of what it used to be. Our new furnace and air unit has saved us so much money that it paid for itself in the first two years.
Using on or all of these may help on the winter bill next year or the year’s to come. Follow me on Instagram @momsarefrugal.