It’s cold outside. Really cold. So it’s no surprise that interest in cheaper, more sustainable ways to warm your home tends to, ahem, heat up this time of year.
Here are some unusual strategies for keeping homes warm — some of them you can even try at home.
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to heat our homes all day. A programmable thermostat lets you set temperatures for different times of day so your home is toasty warm when you need it to be and cooler when you’re away or sleeping. Programmable thermostats can help you save money on your air conditioner as well, although they’re not for use with heat pumps. By making changes to your thermostat, you can save between 10 and 20 percent on your heating bill. Warms your heart, right?
Some models can store up to four temperature settings each day – morning, day, evening, and overnight, for example, and all of them have a manual override switch. Choose a lower setting during the times you’ll be sleeping or are typically away from the house, and a higher setting for when you are at home. Some models allow the flexibility to program 5-day and 2-day settings, recognizing that your heating needs during the week might be different than the weekend.