Layer, Layer, LayerDuring the winter months, if you encourage your family to add a few more layers when at home, you can turn the heat down a bit. A few degrees cooler inside your home can be combatted with an additional layer. Instead of wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, consider a sweatshirt and extra socks to keep warm. You will be amazed at how much a few degrees can save on your monthly bill.
Build a FireIf your home at the Lake of the Ozarks has a fireplace, use it to your advantage. Building a fire can help to keep heat inside your home. Your family can hang out together around the fire and enjoy the beautiful glow that it puts off. Just the sight of the fire may help to warm you up a bit!
Turn the Fan OnThis may seem counterproductive but turning it counter-clockwise on low, a fan can help to push the warm air back down into the room. Many times the heat gets trapped at the ceiling and a fan can push it into the lower part of the room, where you and your family can enjoy it!
Invest in a Smart ThermostatWhen you aren't home there is no reason to have the temperature as warm as you prefer it when you are at home. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature at your home throughout the day. When you aren't home, you can allow the temps to drop in your home and set it to rise again around the time you get home. At night when you are warm in bed, you can typically turn it down a few degrees too.
Clean the FurnaceEnsure your furnace is running at high capacity by having it cleaned on a regular basis. As a homeowner, try to have regular maintenance done. Over time dust and debris can build up inside your vents and can end up blocking the warm airflow throughout your home.
Block Off Unused RoomsClose off the vents in rooms that are not used on a regular basis. This can help to keep the warm air in the rooms that you and your family use. You may as well be able to enjoy the nice warm air that you are paying for! Keeping the heat confined to a few rooms can help to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your home.
Now that you've read about the easy ways to conserve energy this winter, you're ready to start making these easy changes around your home. As a homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may be eager to start reducing your energy consumption. As the cold weather has most of the area's residents inside, you may be taking a look at your space. If you don't love what you see like you once did... it may be time for a new home. When you are ready to start your home search at the Lake of the Ozarks, give Eagle's Nest Realty a call! We look forward to helping you find a fresh, new space for your family to enjoy.
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