AVOID THE CHILLS WITHOUT INCREASING YOUR BILLS

Although winter has spared us the worst of her wrath, we’re not out of the woods quite yet. Last year was the coldest recorded February in NYC since 1934. Yep, that’s 81 years of recorded weather. All the way back to the Depression, when there were probably more dire considerations than whether 7-11 had salt or whose turn it was to walk the dog….

As big believers of “just in case,” we felt like this would be a good time to share a few energy saving tips to make winter more wallet-friendly and to help you heat your home without burning up your bank account.

Here are a few pointers:

1. Don’t Heat Your Neighborhood
Keep your windows closed and covered, and if you do have to open a window for cooking or air flow, close it as soon as you can. Keep your shades or curtains closed, too. This way, you’ll be sure to keep all the heat that you’re paying for inside, where it belongs.

2. Get Paid to Upgrade
Score yourself a heater that doesn’t use as much electricity—local energy provider ConEd will pay you to do it. Even though it may cost a little more at the register, you’ll definitely be saving the difference in energy costs when the utility bill arrives. And an added bonus: you’ll be helping the environment.

3. Cover Your Floors
An area rug isn’t just pretty decor. In addition to adding a dose of color and style to a room, they trap cold air, making your feet feel warmer. In fact, when floors aren’t insulated, they can account for up to 10 percent of heat loss. Toss one on top of tile floor, such as in your kitchen or bathroom.

4. Turn Down for What?
The general rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every 1 degree you drop the temperature. You won’t even feel the difference if you swap out your traditional mattress pad and quilt for heated bedding.

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