Do you dread receiving your heating and electric bill during the winter months? If so, you’re not alone. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates that Michigan ranks second overall nationally for the highest natural-gas consumption per consumer, with many renters using gas to heat their homes.
If you’re concerned about your heating expenses this winter, consider these tips that can help save you money while keeping your apartment warm this winter. These tips are mindful of the fact that as a renter, you may not have the flexibility to make major changes to your apartment.
Start With Your Curtains
One of the best ways to start reducing your heating bill is by changing your curtains. Curtains can act as an insulator around your windows, reducing the amount of outside air that comes into your apartment. In fact, a study from the Energy House revealed that shutting your curtains at night can reduce your heating bill by approximately 17%.
Thick curtains or curtains with a thermal lining are your best bet. You should also consider covering other areas that are prone to drafts, such as door frames. And although you should shut your curtains at night, you should open them during the day. Windows will allow the sun’s natural UV light to come through, helping to warm your home.
Move Away From The Heat Source
When it’s cold, you’ll likely want to be close to the heat source in your apartment, whether it be a radiator, space heater, or fireplace. But the closer you are, the more energy and heat you absorb. If you move away from the heat source, warm air will be able to circulate freely throughout a room. You may be chilly for an hour or so, but in the long term, this little trick can help increase the overall temperature in your apartment.
Use An Energy-Efficient Space Heater
Electricity is often cheaper than natural gas. Using a space heater allows you to heat your apartment without running up the gas bill. There are many energy-efficient models that have been fine-tuned to reduce the amount of electricity they use, further reducing your costs.
Outfit With Area Rugs
If your floorboards aren’t insulated, much of your apartment’s heat will escape through them. As a renter, you probably won’t be able to rip up your floorboards and place insulation underneath. You also won’t be able to install carpeting, either. Purchase some plush area rugs to act as a natural insulator.
One of the simplest ways to save on your heating bill is by adding an extra layer of clothing. Throwing on sweatpants instead of shorts could end up saving you in the long run. Turning your thermostat down by 2 degrees could save you up to 10% on your heating bill.
Making small investments in new curtains, rugs, and sweatshirts could end up saving you hundreds of dollars this winter.