How to Save Money in Winter
Between gift shopping, cranking up the heat, and turning on hundreds (thousands?!) of Christmas lights, winter can get pretty expensive. But don’t worry, there are lots of things you can do to cut down on some of these costs. Here are 5 tips on how to save money in winter.
- Avoid cranking up the heat. This can be hard to do sometimes, especially if you’re someone who is chronically cold. But you don’t need it to be 75° in your house. Buy a warm blanket, throw on some thick SmartWool socks (seriously, these things are so warm), and put on an extra sweatshirt. (Want to win a nice fleece blanket and some fuzzy socks? Enter our giveaway!) In the winter, I usually keep my thermostat set to 60° while I’m not home during the day, and then turn it up to 65° when I get home. If you want, you could also add an extra blanket to your bed, and turn the heat back down at night. Heating costs will account for most of your utility expenses in the winter, so avoiding running the heat more than necessary will help you save money in winter.
- Consider getting an energy-efficient space heater. If you spend most of your time in one room, consider keeping the thermostat low and just getting a space heater for that one room. This way, you can still stay comfortably warm while keeping utility costs low. Remember to only use the space heater while you’re in the room. Space heaters can sometimes cause fires if left on for too long, or left on while unsupervised (kids and pets could knock it over).
- Shop smart. There are so many deals during the holiday season. Sometimes it’s easy to get swept up by a good deal and buy something that you didn’t actually need or want. Remember to only buy things you want to get either for you or as a gift. Plan ahead and make a budget all of the gifts that you want to buy and try not to stray from your list. Look online to compare prices from different stores. You never know what kind of deals you can find! Also, if you do most of your shopping online, shop through Ebates first and get cash back on your purchases!
- Limit how long your Christmas lights are on. With hundreds or even thousands of Christmas lights on your house, your energy bill will probably see a little peak during the holiday season. Consider switching to LED Christmas lights, which use considerably less power than traditional incandescent lights. You can also set your lights up on a timer so they are only on for a certain time of day.
- Winterize your home. Drafts coming in will only make you colder and make the heat run more than it needs to. Make sure you keep windows and doors shut, and consider adding extra insulation or weatherstripping around them to keep the cold out. Also, if you have pet doors, cover them up! If you really want to save money in winter, don’t let the cold air come in!
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