Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tested Tip for Thursday

As I sit here to write this post, I am all too aware that it has been a while. In September, I was really looking forward to October so that things could slow down in my life... Um, here it is, November, and I don't have a clue where October went. How did that happen?! Yeah, I'm still baffled too.

So, moving on.

I decided that sharing little tips or tricks might be fun. What do you think?

One of our biggest expenses in the winter is the propane bill. Last winter we tried the thermostat at 65° during the day and 60° at night to reduce the bill. It really did make a difference. So much so that we used an entire tank LESS of propane last winter versus the years before. That saved us about $400 in heating costs by simply reducing the thermostat a few degrees, and it didn't bother us to wear sweatshirts around the house or snuggle under blankets when we watched TV.

(I know that sounded like my tip for you, but it wasn't!)

So this year I wondered if we could reduce the bill even more. I wondered how much heat we are loosing due to drafts from the doors and windows. I heard this trick about using incense sticks to see where there may be a draft. It works! Once you determine where the draft is coming in, you can reseal the window or replace the weather stripping on the door to reduce the draft. In turn, the heat that you pay so much for will stay in the house, and Jack Frost won't be coming in to nip at your nose.

There you have it, my tip for the day. Do you have any tips to share with me? I'd love to hear them - leave me a comment and share it with me!!

1 comment:

  1. Um - a wood stove has REALLY cut our gas bill!! Wacha think?? LOL!!

    Loves ya'