- Set the thermostat for 5 degrees below your current setting. We have ours at 62 when we are home, and when we are gone, we set it for 60 degrees;
- Maximize free heat from nature....throw open those drapes and curtains and let the sun shine in;
- Locate drafts and block them. Stuff a long tube sock with rice or beans, tie closed, and place along the bottom of a door. Use caution when buying pricey window sealer kits; will you really save that much money?;
- Don't heat your basement if you don't live there. We close the vents to our ranch house basement. As a result we are heating half the space. And I keep a small space heater in my basement office; why heat the entire area when a small box at my fee dose the job;
- Schedule a tune-up for your furnace -- an efficient and clean furnace will save you money;
- Dress for the winter weather when indoors -- pack away shorts and t-shirts, and pull out heavy socks, fleece and winter quilts; and
- Don't run the fireplace in the dead of winter.....it simply lets the warm are inside escape via the chimney. Fall and Spring are ideal times to fire up a fireplace, take the chill out of the air, but not cause your furnace to work overtime.
How about you? Any frugal thoughts on how to make the most of the winter heating season?