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Cheap Ways to Stay Warm Without a High Heating Bill

Abby Slutsky usually writes the bills in her family and knows that the heating bill can easily skyrocket during cold months.

Although the weather is still mild during the days, September starts to feel a little cooler than the summer months. As autumn comes into full swing, you will notice a drop in temperature that will only get lower as winter arrives. Fortunately, there are some cheap ways you can stay warm in your house without dramatically increasing your heating bills. Here are 12 ideas to help keep your heating bills manageable while keeping your body warm.

  1. Dress warmly.
  2. Take advantage of bedding that promotes heat.
  3. Seal your windows and doors well.
  4. Don't waste heat on empty rooms.
  5. Remove dirt from your heating ducts.
  6. Replace lost shingles.
  7. Take advantage of budget billing.
  8. Use a space heater.
  9. Drink warm beverages.
  10. Use a programmable thermostat.
  11. Take advantage of the sun and your oven's heat.
  12. Use an electric blanket.
A lightweight 32 Degree Heat long-sleeve shirt provides warmth under a sweater.

A lightweight 32 Degree Heat long-sleeve shirt provides warmth under a sweater.

1. Dress in Layers

When you are at home, wear clothing that helps you stay warm. One item that I started wearing last year is the 32 Degrees Heat Lightweight Baselayer Top. I love these shirts so much that I have them in almost every color. They are reasonably priced and effectively keep me from feeling cold whether I am indoors or outside. They are light enough to layer under sweaters or jackets, but the thin material is deceptive in how well it insulates your body. When I wear them around the house (and outside), my body feels noticeably warmer than when I do not wear them.

2. Flannel Sheets and a Down Comforter Promote Warmth

For years, I have loved flannel sheets. They feel cozy and soft without getting cold. Winter is the perfect time to snuggle in them. Use a down comforter with the flannel sheets, and you can avoid turning your heat up high.

Down comforters have some of the best benefits of any comforters. They are lightweight and, at the same time, insulate the body and keep it warm.

3. Seal Your Windows and Caulk Doors

Make sure your windows are firmly shut and all windows and doors are properly caulked. Even a small crack can invite cold air to seep out of your room and warm air to leave it.

4. Don't Waste Heat on Rarely Used Rooms

If the kids have moved out and the guest room is barely used, take the time to close the vents. Why waste heat on rooms that are empty rooms? You want your heat to enter the rooms where you need it most.

5. Get Rid of Grime Clogging Your Heating Ducts

Your heating ducts can only let in the amount of warm air that can get through them. Clean ducts can make a big difference in how much warm air infiltrates your room, no matter the temperature on your thermostat. You can hire someone to do the job or check out PickHvac to learn how to do it yourself.

6. Replace Any Lost Shingles

Whether you lost shingles from a storm or they just loosened over time, replacing missing shingles can help prevent cold air from seeping into your home.

7. Sign Up for Budget Billing With Your Heat and Electric Company

Some electric and heating suppliers offer budget billing. This allows you to space the amount that you spend evenly over every month. Thus, the months that you need extra air conditioning or heat are not more expensive than those months when you do not. For many people, budget billing makes it easy to make your payments because you are never overwhelmed with an extremely high bill. (Since cold months are around gift-giving season and Christmas expenditures, this can be a practical option for many people.)

8. Use a Space Heater

Although I have friends who use their space heaters at night, I am more comfortable using mine during the day. If you are primarily in one room during the day, closing the door and using a space heater in that room is a fabulous way to stay warm without turning up the heat. (Many people who work virtually use a small office that can be just the right size for heating with a space heater.) Closing the door will maximize your warmth.

A large mug of hot water, tea, coffee or soup can make you feel warm inside and out.

A large mug of hot water, tea, coffee or soup can make you feel warm inside and out.

9. Warm Up With Hot Liquids

Warm liquids will make your body feel warm. Try hot water, tea, or coffee to give you a soothing warm feeling while you are inside.

10. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are inexpensive and can help regulate the temperature in your home so that you are not spending money on high heating bills when no one is around. You may even have a programmable thermostat already. If you do, read the instructions and take advantage of its ability to make your heating bill managable.

Free, natural sunlight can help heat your house.

Free, natural sunlight can help heat your house.

11. Use Heat From the Sun and Your Oven

Exterior sunlight can warm your house. Open the shades and curtains to maximize daytime sun warmth. When the sun goes down, close the blinds and curtains. Darker curtains absorb heat, so after a sunny day, they will help keep your room warm when you close them.

When you cook or bake, open the oven after you are finished. The heat from the oven will filter into your kitchen.

12. Use an Electric Blanket to Stay Warm

An electric blanket can economically keep your body warm, so you do not have to turn the thermostat high. If you want to save even more, purchase an electric blanket that has a timer. It will automatically shut off, but the heat from the blanket will continue to help you stay warm.

Staying warm in your home does not have to be costly. Try these tips, so you can enjoy warmth without getting hot over your heating bill.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 11, 2020:

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

Amy on October 11, 2020:

Great tips Abby! Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 07, 2020:

Thanks for taking time from your day to read.

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 06, 2020:

These are all wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing. I am always cold and most of what you suggest helps.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 05, 2020:

That is interesting. I have a relative in Dublin. I wonder if she has that. Thanks for reading.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 05, 2020:

This is a great list of ways that one can cut down on their heating bill. Here electric blankets are so popular and they are usually on sale from October to January. Also some electrical companies here install an electrical box that used a prepaid card for your electricity so you can control what you spend on heating costs.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 03, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting. Wishing you a happy weekend.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 03, 2020:

You know, I never knew what down comforters were like until I spent some time in Zurich Switzerland in late October. The folks we were staying with were very hospitable but they didn't heat the rooms at night. All we had was the down comforter to keep us warm in that cold room and I was very impressed at how hot I got under it. I live in California and rarely need that much heat but if I lived in a subzero climate I would surely get another of those comforters. Wow. Good points to remember this winter.



Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 02, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 02, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 02, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on October 02, 2020:

Thanks so much for reading.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 02, 2020:

This is a great list of ways to stay warm, which is not a big problem in northern FL. I did buy my mother a type of heating blanket that was designed to be used in a chair and she was so small before she passed away last year it worked beautifully. Thanks for all the great suggestions, Abby.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on October 02, 2020:

A great article full of useful tips. And just in time for the cold season, too! Thanks for sharing.

Anish Patel from San Francisco + Mumbai on October 02, 2020:

great tips!