We at Purex know that being a mom is about being a #TotalMom. A #TotalMom is multi-dimensional. A #TotalMom is always wearing several different hats at once. If balancing the budget is part of being a #TotalMom for you, then we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips for saving money during these winter months:
1. GET AN ENERGY AUDIT: Right off the bat we recommend that the best way to make sure your home is operating most efficiently is to hire a professional BPI certified energy rater to evaluate your home. This person will conduct what’s called an “energy audit” and he or she will test your home for energy losses and safety issues, and generate a detailed report highlighting what your home’s issues are. From this report, you can easily target and prioritize exactly what you need to do, and what you can afford to do.
2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN: Open your curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to let the sunlight in and naturally heat your home. At night, close the curtains to reduce the chill that comes with cold windows. ALSO, try using quilted curtains cover drafty windows—they’ll make your room feel warmer at a lower temperature.
3. REDUCE YOUR HEATING BILL BY WASHING CLOTHES IN COLD WATER: You can help keep your energy bill low by washing your clothes in cold water. Use Purex Natural Elements to keep your clothes clean and fresh without the need for hot water.
4. COOK MEALS AT HOME: Now’s the time to whip out all of your recipes that begin with “oven-baked”. When you turn on the oven, it doesn’t just heat the food: it will also help heat the house (which is also why you want to try to avoid doing this in the summer!). When your meal is ready to come out, keep the door to your oven open as everything cools off and let the heat warm up the surrounding areas.
5. SET CEILING FANS TO RUN CLOCKWISE: It might seem counterintuitive, but running ceiling fans during the winter can actually make a room feel warmer. In a still room, warm air rises and remains by the ceiling. In fact, there can be as much as a 10 degree difference between the top of the room, near the ceiling, and the floor. Here’s the important thing, though, to keep the room warm you should be running your ceiling fans in a slow clockwise direction.
6. SWITCH OFF LIGHTS: It’s a simple bit of advice, but it bears repeating; If you switch the lights off every time you leave the room, you can save up to 15% on your energy costs across the year. That really adds up!
7. BUY IN BULK: When it comes to non-perishables, it just makes sense to stock up during the winter months. No only does tend to cost less per Unit, but you can also save money on gas. Try Purex Detergent in XXL, to stock up on your favorite laundry detergent and save money in the long run.
8. DON’T USE YOUR EXHAUST FANS: Your exhaust fan will blow the warm air in your house outside, dropping the temperature of your home as that air is replaced with cooler air. What’s more, exhaust fans are usually blowing out moist air, which does a better job of holding the temperature. Instead of turning on the exhaust fan when you take a shower, just leave the bathroom door open. This lets the warm air to flow into the rest of the house, bringing the warmth of your shower along with it.
9. TURN DOWN YOUR THERMOSTAT TO 68 DEGREES: Did you know that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you can save up to 5 percent on heating costs? In lieu of a high thermostat, wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or if you’re leaving home for an extended amount of time—your energy bill will reflect it!
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