4 Ways to Save on Your Heating Bills This Winter

Draft stopper

Chill out: Add a simple draft stopper, which typically consists of a fabric cylinder filled with an insulating material like foam, to the bottoms of doors or windows to help keep your apartment toasty. (TranquilityKnots via Flickr)

The weather outside is frightful, but in D.C. land, most apartments don’t have a fire inside that’s so delightful. But you want to stay warm without it costing an arm or a leg, so what do you do? Fortunately, there are people out there on the Internet with some good tips on how to keep the heat while sparing your bank account.

About a year ago, The Huffington Post posted this article on the subject, titled: “Winter Heating Bills: How Renters Can Save.”

Here are four ways they listed.

1.     Zone Heating – Many people are wary of space heaters because of the inherent risk of having something very hot in a place filled with objet d’flammable. But, as the writer points out, space heaters certainly work in contained areas. So if you’re in front of one for long periods, you can turn that thermostat down a few notches.

2.     Bundle Up – Duh … Hey, it works for the Eskimos.

3.     Visit Home Depot – Go there and buy DIY weatherization gear. I’m talking foam outlet gaskets, window shrink wrap, weather stripping (sounds loads more fun than it actually is), draft stoppers. Go wild and talk to the friendly associates there; I’m sure they’ll be in the know.

4.     Eat In – Sounds kinda daft, but in reality, cooking meals on the stove gives off plenty of heat. Plus, you’ll save money, especially you big tippers out there. And if you know what you’re doing, you’ll almost certainly be healthier for it.

But don’t just trust The Huffington Post (or its annoying founder); take a gander at this great site from Smart Energy Solutions in North Carolina. This thing is loaded with tips for the apartment renter / homeowner on how to save energy costs.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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