1. Use The Sun For Free Heat. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside.
2. Bundle Up With Warm Accessories. Instead of turning the heat up, put on a cozy winter sweater and warm socks. Keep throw blankets on your couch, and add an area rug to insulate the floor.
3. Use Ceiling Fans To Your Advantage. Ceiling fans can be used strategically to achieve better airflow: counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer and clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.
4. Adjust The Thermostat At Night. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours.
5. Only Heat The Rooms You Use. If you have rooms that you never use, close and seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy efficient and direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most. By using a space heater in the rooms where you need it and setting the thermostat to 62 degrees, you can save approximately $200 each year.
6. Keep Your Furnace Clean And Unblocked. Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption and help you save.
7. Get A Humidifier To Add Moisture To The Air. The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
8. Invest In Insulation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold air in homes without proper insulation.
9. Decorate With LED Lights For The Holidays. Buy new LED holiday lights, which use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than older, incandescent lighting.
10. Only Use Exhaust Fans When Necessary. Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom pull the hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your apartment.
For the entire article and more money saving tips from Niccole Schreck go to: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/11/06/10-ways-to-save-on-energy-costs-this-winter
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