(NC) Zipping up jackets, putting on thick sweaters, shorter days and longer nights mean that it’s a great time to stay cozy at home. Fall is great for preparing for winter and taking some steps to make sure you and your family stay comfortable. Here are some tips:
Inspect and seal. You can save up to 25 per cent on your heating bill by installing weather-stripping around windows, doors and air ducts. This is one of the most efficient ways to manage your heating costs.
Turn on the fan. Turn your ceiling fan to revolve clockwise to push down warm air that has risen. You can also use curtains and window dressings to keep the warm air in and prevent any drafts.
Be flexible. Setting a higher temperature on the thermostat won’t heat your home faster. Remember to cool down at night when you’re going to bed and to increase the temperature during the day. Better still, use a programmable thermostat so you can set it and forget it.
Change it up. Cozy can mean temperature, but also lighting. Switch out old bulbs for Energy Star LED lightbulbs labelled warm white or soft white. They have a traditional warmer light that works well for living rooms.
If these all seem like great ideas but energy-saving upgrades are out of your budget, you may qualify for assistance from the AffordAbility Fund. See what free upgrades you may qualify for at affordabilityfund.org.