15 Tricks to Keep Your Home Warm While Saving on Heating
Keep the temperatures up but your heating bill low.
DIY with foil
Your radiator emits heat in every direction—including toward the wall behind it, which can absorb the heat that could otherwise spread through the room. Stick radiator foil behind the heater to reflect the warm air back into your home. You can also use regular kitchen aluminum foil, though it might not work as effectively. Here are more clever uses for aluminum foil.
Add a rug
Wood floors can let heat flow right through, but adding a large rug will add a bit more insulation. Plus, your feet will have something cozy to pad around on. Don’t miss these other almost effortless ways to save money.
Locate mini drafts
Even a small draft can make a room feel significantly colder. Inspect your home for small spaces, like keyholes, cat flaps, and letterboxes. Add a keyhole cover, or block extra space with a piece of an old blanket.
Block a drafty chimney
Cuddling up by a crackling fire is a cozy way to warm the house. But if your fireplace is more for decoration than for use, it will end up doing just the opposite by letting in drafts of cold air. When your hearth is flame-free, make sure to keep the flue shut. If yours doesn’t have a damper that opens and closes easily, consider buying a chimney balloon, which is an inflatable device that blocks cold air while allowing ventilation.
Worry about you, not the room
Getting yourself warm is even more important than heating your home itself—after all, that’s the goal of adjusting the temperature in the first place. Put on a cozy bathrobe and fuzzy socks, or get your hands on a hot water bottle to stay warm without touching your thermostat. But check out these medical reasons you always feel cold if your chills aren’t seasonal.