Thanks Stacey Kilgore at Lake Conroe/Montogmery Realty for the link!
1. Slowly Condition Your Home to Cooler Temperatures
As soon as our homes get chilly, the kneejerk reaction is to run to the thermostat and crank up the heat. While our bodies are instantly grateful for our natural impulses, our wallets will start to feel the pain not long after.
Kyle James, founder of Rather-Be-Shopping.com, suggests a different approach to help acclimate your body to living comfortably by changing your warming pattern.
“If during the winter and fall months you typically keep your thermostat at 73 during the day and 66 at night, try an experiment and lower it by one degree each week for a month,” he says. “Slowly try changing the temperature you are used to and let your body adjust. Wear a sweatshirt if this is a difficult adjustment. This tip has the potential to save you quite a bit of money this winter.”
Another great tip he shares to help your home capture more heat during the winter is to seal or wrap your windows to prevent cold air from seeping in, and open the blinds and curtains in the morning to take advantage of the natural heat from the sun that will pour through your windows and help raise the temperature of those rooms a bit.
2. Kick Rodents and Other Pests to the Curb
During the milder months, the weather is nice enough that we generally don’t have to worry about vermin taking over our homes — they’re enjoying the outdoors as much as we are. But when the temps take a dive, everybody runs for cover… even the creepy-crawlies.
“Rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other pests also seek shelter from the winter elements — and unfortunately our warm homes make the perfect haven,” says Amanda Polyak, a representative for the National Pest Management Association. “It’s important to take preventative measures now to keep these pests out because they are known to spread diseases, bring other dangerous pests such as ticks and fleas in to the home, and trigger asthma and allergies.”