It is coming and no matter how hard I fight it is just a matter of time. I mean it is already September and around here it has been feeling like fall is in the air since mid-August. I seriously am not happy about this notion (as most already know from my lamenting), but I know I need to prepare, because before I know it, it will be winter and freezing out again.
When Denise Baynes approached me about doing a guest post about indeed how to prepare for the inevitable and saving a bit of money (ok we all know I am all about saving money), I thought I needed to let her share her great and invaluable tips with you.
Also, today my girls are meeting their pre-school teachers for a half-hour this morning and thought this would be a perfect day for Denise to share her tips with you, because I will definitely be a bit preoccupied with that. So, I am truly thankful for Denise’s help and expertise here on this Monday.
So without further ado, I am turning my blog over now today to Denise.
While it’s still summer in the northern hemisphere, time is ripe to start thinking about ways to prepare for the fall and winter. Now, this year I decided to take it seriously and purchase a few things which come in handy during the heating season. If you shop around, the amount you are able to save really adds up to quite a bit on your heating bill. So here’s my Top list of things to buy before the temperature drops to thirties.
- Get That Heat Moving. ~ Make the most use out of your central heating by using a ceiling fan. I got one of these from Westside Wholesale, and it was a real bargain. When in normal setting, a ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise, making the warm air go upwards. The trick is, if you set your ceiling fan to rotate in reverse direction (and that’s really easy to do), the air and heat will be moving downwards, making your place nice and snug!
- Go Tankless! ~ You know how much you spend on hot running water, and if your hot water consumption is really not that high, here’s a great way to save. I have a Bosch tankless water heater, and since we purchased it we’ve calculated our electric bill to be 50% less! Its major advantage compared to other water heating devices is the high efficiency, because it works on-demand only. A Bosch tankless water heater saves electric energy by operating whenever you need hot water, and switching off when you don’t. Also, the tankless water heater is able to accommodate all the members of your family, and you’ll never run out of hot water, ever. That’s really important for a big family, where several kids need to be washed and gotten ready for bed, at once. It doesn’t take up much space at all, too, and for a small bathroom like we have, it’s truly the best pick. You can buy one for your home from Westside Wholesale for less than $500.
- Dress Up Your Home and Your Family. ~ When you think about it, you can save so much of that precious energy just by dressing up your home in warmer garments, and see significantly lower numbers show up on your utility bill. Do you have thick curtains in your living rooms and bedrooms? If not, you might want to consider buying heavier ones, or just visiting a local garage sale to get a few used quilts on discount. You can easily fix those up on your windows using clothes pegs, so your house doesn’t lose as much heat in the nighttime. Now, make sure to open them up in the morning to allow natural sunlight to warm your place! Get some flannel linens and nice cozy pajamas for your family, too, so you won’t have to set your thermostat as high during the night.
- Get Your Own Fuel. ~ Having a fireplace or a wood-burning stove at home is a great way to save on central heating. Now, you don’t always have to buy your firewood, with just a little bit of effort you can find your own. For those folks who live in rural areas, you can just take a walk outside collecting fallen branches – a nice and free way to get fuel! Those living in more urban areas can get wooden pallets that lie unwanted outside of businesses and stores. You can generally get these for free, and the shop owners will be more than happy if you take them. Another great way to save is by buying logs, and splitting them yourself. It’s a nice family activity, and this way you can get the older boys engaged in a productive pastime, too.
- Don’t Forget About That Thermostat. ~ You can save quite a bit by buying a programmable thermostat, because you generally don’t need as much energy as you use. If everybody leaves for work and school in the morning, it’s wise to set the thermostat to automatically produce less heat during this time. Also, a programmable thermostat can start warming the place up some time before you come back from work. This way when everybody gets home, it’s nice and cozy, and livable. You can also buy one of these with a great discount on Westside Wholesale, and it will be delivered to you the same day. A great plus is that all purchases over $99 come with free shipping. Isn’t that a deal?
[Author Bio: This is a guest post by Denise Baynes, a single mother, a keen frugalist and proponent of early development in kids. Denise is into all things natural, and knows quite a bit of tricks on how to save wherever it’s possible.]
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