Are you guilty of cranking up your thermostat during the winter because you feel like you’re living in an igloo? Spending a fortune on keeping your apartment warm?
Being cold isn’t fun, but unfortunately, heating bill expenses can creep up on you.
It’s way too easy to blast the heat even though you’re going broke in the process!
What if we told you that you didn’t have to keep dialing up your thermostat? What if we said that we know how to stay warm and save money?
There are ways to lower that heating bill without turning into a popsicle at night.
Here are seven expert secrets to lowering your apartment heating bill this winter:
1. Close the Doors Inside Your Apartment
If you live in an apartment with multiple rooms, try closing all of the doors. Close the vents in the rooms, too.
It doesn’t make sense to heat rooms you’re not in. Trapping the heat in your room makes much more sense.
This tip is especially crucial in large bedrooms. If you have a spacious room or high ceilings, you probably already have to blast the heat to keep the whole room warm.
Constricting the heat to the “active” room is the perfect way to spend less.
2. Get Free Heat From the Sun
The sun is the original heat source, and you should take advantage of it.
Open your curtains during the day to let the light shine through. The sun provides natural heat that will warm up your apartment.
Some people live in apartments that don’t get a lot of light. Find out when your residence gets the most sunlight and let it in during that time. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your apartment warms up.
At night, close your blinds to keep the heat you accumulated during the day inside.
3. Layer Up Before Bed
Bundling up is an easy way to lower your apartment heating bill. It may seem silly going to bed looking like you’re dressed for a ski trip, but it sure can help you save money!
A few things you might want to wear are long sweatpants, thick pajama bottoms, and long-sleeve shirts.
And of course, wear more layers such as sweatshirts, socks, and slippers.
There’s no reason to turn your thermostat up until you’ve tried wearing more clothing first. If you find that you’re still cold even after layering up, then it might be okay to turn the heat up a bit.
4. Turn the Thermostat Down a Few Degrees
You may have to keep the heat on while you’re out of the house to prevent the pipes from freezing. If that’s the case, you can save some money by turning down the thermostat at least a few degrees.
If you’re already cold, that’s probably the last thing you want to do. But, you won’t freeze by turning the heat down by three or four degrees. You might be a little bit chillier, but that’s where layering and isolating the heat comes into play!
If you rent your apartment, you may not be able to choose the thermostat. But in the off-chance that you do have a say, get a programmable one.
Products like Nest allow you to adjust the temperature remotely, so you can turn the heat down while you’re out and turn it back up before you get home.
5. Drink Warm Liquids
There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm you up.
Take the time to make yourself a hot drink at least a few times a day. Not only will it be a tasty treat, but it’ll also increase your body temperature.
Obviously, you may want to stop drinking coffee at a certain point during the day (unless you’re trying to stay up all night and complete your to-do list). But decaf tea will keep you warm all the way until bedtime.
Even though it’s a small technique, this little trick will prevent you from using more heat.
6. Run Your Ceiling Fan in Reverse
You’ll love this secret, which is easy and can help you save big time!
The secret is this:
When a fan rotates clockwise, it pushes the warm air down and traps the cold air above it.
The biggest bummer about heat is that it rises. However, you can force it downward, at least temporarily, but using this trick.
With warm air circulating around the lower half of the room, you won’t have to run the thermostat as high!
7. Use Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is an inexpensive way to keep heat from escaping your apartment. It prevents hot air from slipping out of window cracks and doors.
It’s crazy to think that heat can escape out of such tiny holes. Nonetheless, when you’re trying to keep it in, weatherstripping can do wonders.
Installing this material is easy. You can buy adhesive weatherstripping at any hardware or big-box store, and it won’t damage your windows. Plus, it doesn’t take very long to install.
Use it to line the perimeter of windows and doors to keep everything well-insulated. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much warmer your apartment feels.
After applying these secrets, you’ll undoubtedly sleep better at night (even if you do have to put on a few layers). And you’ll save a few bucks in the process.
Dealing with cold temps is annoying. But spending a fortune on heat takes its toll as well.
That’s why you should start using these tips. Soon, you can tell your friends that the cold never bothered you anyway!
Angus Flynn is the Property Manager for 2300 Wilshire. With more than five years of experience working with high-end apartment communities, he delivers white-glove service to each of his residents and prospects.