DAY ONE-DROP IT BY 2!
One of the easiest things you can do (and it’s not painful) is to turn down your home thermostat by just two degrees. If you normally keep your heat at 72°, drop it down to 70°. If you normally keep your heat at 68°, drop it to 66 °. Your body can adjust and acclimate to a two degree change very quickly. Doubling up an extra layer of clothing or blankets for a week or so should get you through it without even noticing!
DAY TWO-DROP IT BY 20!
This one sounds much more drastic than it is! Most home hot water heaters are set to a standard heat setting of 140°. However, very few, if any of us, will ever use water that hot. Turning it down 20° to 120° The only difference you’ll notice is the money you save.
DAY THREE-SEAL IT!
Little things like sealing up small cracks and holes might seem like it won't make a big difference in the big scheme of your heating bill, but it does. Thirty-five percent of a home's hot air is lost through air leakages. So sealing off cracks, openings behind light switches, hidden recesses in the attic, etc.; this will make a tremendous difference by bringing that percentage down. For large openings like chimneys or pet doors that rarely get used consider closing them off through the winter months. You can use a pillow to further insulate them. There’s no reason to let all that precious warm air out for no reason!
DAY FOUR-REVERSE IT!
You may have not even noticed this, but almost all home ceiling fans have a switch that propels the air forward or reverses it backward. When it comes to winter time, double check to make sure that the setting is set to reverse. This will push the hot air that's risen back down to where you are so you can feel it and enjoy it and keep the heat turned down.
DAY FIVE-BLOCK IT!
Blocking off your doors and windows with draft stoppers is another method of keeping the hot air in and the cold air out. If you have rooms that you rarely use or you don’t use at all (guest rooms, storage rooms, etc.), block them! Close them off, place door stoppers along the floor and ignore them for the winter. Why heat rooms you’re not using?
If you haven't yet begun to switch out your old standard light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), starting this will save energy and dollars over time. Since you have lights on for more hours during the day in the winter months, this cost savings will add up even more during this time of year Not only does each light bulb use less energy and cost less to run,. These CFLs do have a higher upfront cost however, which is why I recommend starting to switch them out gradually. Switch your most used first.
DAY SEVEN-TINFOIL IT!
This activity is a little bit like decoration! By placing something reflective (tinfoil works great and costs pennies) behind your radiator, you'll help to bounce heat back to the radiator, requiring it to consume less energy to heat by using its own already produced heat rather than wasting it.
DAY EIGHT-PROGRAM IT!
A programmable thermostat in your home is a very wise investment. It's impossible not to occasionally forget to turn the heat down for a night or off for the day when you leave for work. A programmable thermostat takes over for your memory and makes sure that your heating times are minimized as much as possible.
DAY NINE-WRAP IT!
A very inexpensive insulating blanket (under $10) for your hot water heater will keep your energy costs lower all day and night, every single day.
DAY TEN-WORK IT!
If you really want to keep those heating costs low, sometimes you just “gotta” work it! Feeling chilled? Do 20 jumping jacks and 20 sit ups. Run the stairs twice. You'll warm yourself up instantly, give that metabolism a boost to keep you warmer longer, which means not only will you not find the need to up the thermostat; you might even get away with turning it down even more than by 2°!