8 helpful home hacks to get you through winter
You may not realize it, but as winter approaches, you may inadvertently be letting money fly out the window. These simple hacks will not only help keep you warm when the temperature starts to drop but could save you a bit of money along the way!
- Draft stoppers help prevent cold air from entering your home and at the same time, keep warm air from escaping. For a quick homemade stopper, cut a pool noodle in half and place it under your door. This can help reduce your energy bill and maintain a consistent warm temperature in your home.
- Windows with poor insulation can allow cold air to get in. Using insulating materials like plastic wrap around your windows reduces cold air inflow and prevents warm air from escaping, thereby helping to lower heating costs.
- As the weather cools, you don’t have to keep the temperature set high all the time. Save money this winter by lowering your thermostat when you’re asleep or away from home.
- Radiators, space heaters, heating vents, and other systems can only work efficiently if they are in good condition. Clean filters regularly and ensure there are no obstructions or dust that could restrict airflow.
- Although freezing temperatures are commonly experienced during winter, sunny days don’t go away. If the weather forecast calls for sun, keep your curtains open to help heat your home naturally.
- Sick of wet boots in the house? Put pebbles on your rubber mat to help dry footwear faster. The snow will drain through the rocks to the bottom of the tray, helping to keep your floors protected from snow and any salt you may have tracked in.
- Carpets and area rugs not only make a room look great but also provide additional insulation in the winter. Floor coverings can prevent heat loss, as well as absorb the cold so your feet will be nice and warm. Your pets will also appreciate having a warm spot to lay down by your feet.
- With the holidays around the corner, baking will be in full swing. After you finish a batch of your favourite goodies, turn off the oven, then keep the oven door open to allow the heat to escape into the kitchen. Your house will be filled with that sweet bakery smell! Be sure to keep kids and pets safely away when you do this.
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