Wow! I just got my utility bills for the past month and I have got to make some adjustments on how much energy we are using. I was not mentally prepared for the increase that appeared in that little envelope!
We can all use a few helpful reminders on how to use less energy and therefore, save more money each month. I, for one, do not want another utility bill that resembles the last one so lets get to work.
I am betting your kitchen has hard floors and hard countertops – if you have tile floors and some sort of stone countertop in your kitchen, it is probably quite chilly, but what can you do about it? First, add some rugs. Rugs (or even carpet, but you do not want that in your kitchen) add heat retention, plus a little comfort. Consider putting one around your sink area and maybe one under your kitchen table – hard floors have little to no insulation so they are just colder.
Next, let as much light in as you can. In the winter, you will be surprised how helpful the sun is in warming up your home just by letting it stream in through your windows. So during the day, let the light shine in! Leave your blinds and curtains open and once the sun starts going down, close everything up again. You can also consider adding solar heat to help supplement your normal heating source.
Lower that thermostat and layer your clothing! Teenagers especially want to walk around in shorts and t-shirts inside when it is 30 degrees outside, and you know what? They need to put some pants on and maybe a sweatshirt or two and so do you.
Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees in the daytime and 65-68 at night. Did you cringe at that night time temp? Why? That’s what blankets are for! I actually love for my room to be cold at night and to be under a really heavy, thick blanket, but I have been going about it all wrong. I have my thermostat on 70 all the time, even at night, then I turn my ceiling fan on high (my spouse loves this about me) and I get under my comforter and a big blanket. Tonight, I am lowering the thermostat and I might consider not turning on the fan…we’ll see, I kind of like the freshness of wind blowing while I sleep.
Lastly, make sure you do not have air vents blocked with furniture, toys, curtains, etc. When your heat is on, you want it to be able to flow throughout your room properly. If you are having trouble with your heating or plumbing, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089. We’ll have you working again in no time.