Baby, it’s cold outside! But even though we may slip on the sidewalk outside our front door, our savings should not slip. As your trust bank, we’re here to help you find ways to keep your savings safe, even in the months of high heating bills and heavy comfort foods. Check out these 8 winter savings tips and let us know what has worked for you!
- Cook at home. We’ve all heard this one a hundred times, but it is effective both for heating your home AND for saving your valuable dollars.
- Put air in the tires. As the temperature drops, the pressure in your vehicle’s tires drop. Add air to avoid a blowout and to get better gas mileage!
- Drop the home temperature at night. This means your furnace will run less, while you’re “snug as a bug in a rug” in your bed. If you have a programmable thermostat, try setting your temperature to start rising again 30 minutes before you normally wake up.
- Humidify your home. When the furnace runs, it pushes out very dry air. Humidity holds heat, so if you run a humidifier in your home, your heat will stay longer. Your sinuses will also thank you!
- Use LED holiday décor. LED bulbs are energy efficient, typically saving your home a kilowatt-hour of energy for every two hours that lights are on.
- Turn ceiling fans to clockwise. Normally, ceiling fans run counterclockwise to push air down in the summer. It pulls air upwards to the middle of the room and pushes hot air at the top of the room to the sides and down walls.
- Layer at home. What we mean is that you should lower the temperature at your home and increase the amount of clothes you have on when in your home.
- Seal your home. Look for drafty areas in your home that you can apply a sweep or close up with caulk.