Fall Back on Savings!

Now that the heat of summer is gone, it's now time to start thinking about keeping the home warm this winter. As utility bills continue to rise, it's important to consider how you can keep your home warm and cozy without breaking the bank.

Davida Hogan, Home Editor for, shares her tips for simple checks and changes that can really make a difference to your bank account! 

1. Switch out your blinds or sheer curtains for heavier drapes, they’ll keep out drafts and make your home feel warmer and cozier.

2. Install a ceiling fan or, if you already have one, switch the direction that the blades rotate (they should push the air down in the winter and up in the summer); hot air rises so pushing it down towards the floor will make your home feel warmer without having to turn up the heat.

3. Install a programmable thermostat. They save you money on heating bills (no more forgetting to turn the heat down at night or when you’re out of town). Some utility companies will even send you one for free or give you a rebate to buy one yourself.

4. Have a heat check done on your heating system. Small, inexpensive parts that are clogged or worn out can make the whole system less efficient.

5. If you’re thinking about getting a space heater, choose one with a temperature setting and, just like air conditioners, make sure you buy the right heater for your room size. For recommended models, see the report.