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How to Go Green and Keep Warm in the Winter

When winter rolls around, some people feel like they have to choose between staying warm and being conscious about the environment. However, it is possible to heat your house and stay comfortable this winter while also being environmentally friendly and keeping your energy costs down.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat

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A programmable thermostat can take all the guesswork out of keeping your home heated efficiently. Simply set your thermostat to turn the temperature down right before you leave the house and then turn it back up right before you come home.

A programmable thermostat can help you save energy and save money by making sure you don’t heat an empty house. In fact, by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for the eight hours that you’re either asleep or away from your house, you can save anywhere from 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.

Have Your Furnace Checked

Just like a car, your furnace needs maintenance to keep running in top condition. If it’s been a while since a professional has cleaned and preformed maintenance your furnace, you could be pumping dirty air into your home and driving up your energy costs. A professional can change the filters, look for leaks, clean the furnace, and replace any cracked or frayed belts. All these steps will make sure your furnace is safe and operating efficiently during the coldest months of the year.

Keep Moving

The easiest and cheapest way to keep warm during the winter requires nothing more than some movement. A little exercise is a great way to get your heart rate up, get your blood pumping, and warm your entire body. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, either. Simple chores like cleaning the house are all you need to get up and get moving. Or, put together a home-cooked meal and enjoy the added benefit of heating your home with the oven.

Close Off Unused Rooms

Even if you use the most energy-efficient heaters available, if you’re heating rooms you never use, you’re wasting energy and money. If you have spare rooms in your house that you rarely use, close their doors and shut the heating vents in the room. If you end up needing to use the room later, you can simply open everything back up and it won’t take long for the room to heat up.

Put Some Rugs on the Floor

If you have hardwood or tile floors, you know how cold they can feel on your feet during the winter, and cold feet can chill the rest of your body. Invest in some thick area rugs you can place on your hard floors to keep your feet feeling nice and warm. Rugs have the added benefit of helping keep your home heating costs down by providing some insulation from cold air that can seep up through the flooring.

When you’re trying to stay warm this winter, you don’t have to hurt the environment or break the bank. Keep these environmentally friendly tips in mind, and you’ll keep warm all winter long.

Did these tips help minimize your energy bills? Let us know in the comments section below.

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