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It’s certainly no secret that during the winter season, it’s an absolute necessity to keep your home heated to ensure that you and your family are comfortable. Unfortunately, this is a task that can result in you having to pay an exorbitant amount of money on your energy bills. Thankfully, there are all sorts of things that you can do to help save money on these bills during this time of year!

Keep reading for three ways to help you keep your heating bills as low as possible during this winter season!

Turn the Water Heater Down

One useful tip to make note of is to take the time to turn down your water heater, as this will help to reduce the overall amount of energy in heating up the water in your home. Water is known to have a rather high specific heat capacity, meaning that you have to input a good amount of energy in order to force it to do so since the water itself doesn’t like to warm up. By reducing the water heater’s temperature by as much as ten degrees, you can save up to 5% of your total water heating costs.

Hit the Gym

Another tip to help lower your heating bills is to take the time to work out. Doing this will increase your overall body temperature by burning calories of heat on a faster basis. The human body is designed to convert food into energy, which enables you to maintain a normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees. When you hit the gym and go for a run or pump some iron, your body will then begin to generate more heat, resulting in an increased body temperature. Additionally, when you shower after the gym, a nice warm shower will not only help you relax, but it’ll help increase your body temperature, helping you rely less on external factors to keep you warm.

Break Out a Fan

We know, this seems counter-intuitive. We usually break out fans to help us stay cool, but there is science behind this! Cooler air typically stays closer to the ground, while warmer air will generally rise upward. You can counteract this by forcing the warm air downward by using a low-speed fan, as well as setting the fan to blow the warm air downward. While this may be seen as a draft against your skin, you could instead reverse the setting of your fan so that the warm air is sent upward, which will then send it back down the walls and will mix with the remainder of the air in the room. Pretty cool, huh

Thank you for reading out real estate and homeowner’s blog. We are Weichert Realtors – Barton Harris & Co. and we’re happy to have helped you learn more about how to lower your heating costs in the winter. Stay warm!