Keep it Cool

In the winter, it’s easy to be seduced by the heater. But when you get the electric or gas bill, it’s not always good news. 

Many thermostats can be programmed to adjust depending on your schedule. Be sure to turn the heat way down when you are away. I like to turn mine to 58, to make sure the plumbing stays warm enough. The house rarely reaches that temperature because of its awesome southern exposure, but it will if I am away over night. There are even fancy new thermostat regulators that can be programmed from your computer or phone. 

At night, you may find that you’re comfortable at a lower sleep setting than you thought possible. I like to sleep at 63 degrees. I find it’s the perfect temperature with an extra blanket. I feel I sleep better and my throat doesn’t dry out like it does when the heat is higher. But, every house is different, and 63 can feel like 68 to some or like 50 to others. Much of that depends on how well the house is insulated and whether the doors and windows are sealed tightly. If you have not already sealed any leaks in your home, try to get this done now. There are lots of DIY sites that can help you find and seal cold air and wind leaks.

And it may sound silly, but dress for winter, even when you’re home. Wearing a sweater and socks can warm you enough to keep that 63 degrees even during the day. Give it a try. You’Imagell be amazed at the savings on your next gas or electric bill!



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