Preparing for winter

As we move into the cooler weather it is time to think about staying warm without breaking the bank.

Do you “rug up” in winter, rather than rely on artificial heating?

Turn your heating thermostat down a couple of degrees (to 20°C/68°F) and wear a jumper or sweater in winter.  Every degree over 22°C/72°F adds about 10% to your heating bill.




Use a hot water bottle and blanket while watching TV rather than a portable heater!

Say NO to fan heaters ( they may be cheap to buy but are very costly to run.  It costs about 2¢ to boil a quart of water (either on the stove or in a microwave), and a hot water bottle will stay warmer for longer without using any electricity.




Replace conventional thermostats with programmable alternatives!

Most homes ten years old or less already come with programmable thermostats.  If you have an older home with manual thermostats it is very easy to for even the novas fixer-upper to install a new programmable model.  And some new programmable thermostats can now be controlled through your home computer or smart phone.  Programmable thermostats will enable the temperature of the home to be changed, automatically, to different temperatures during times when the home is normally occupied or unoccupied.  In addition, many have a re-circulate feature that can allow for temperature to be kept constant when significant differences in temperature exist on different levels of the house.

About craigruark

Craig A. Ruark is a freelance writer, journalist, and marketing and PR professional. Craig started his professional career in broadcasting; as a radio announcer, news reporter, and advertising account executive. He wrote and produced radio and television commercials, public service announcements, and gathered news stories. Since 2014, Craig has worked as a freelance writer providing newsletter and blog content for clients in various industries. From May 2018 to March 2019, he was the editor of bizNEVADA Magazine and has been a contributing writer for the Las Vegas Business Press and Las Vegas Review-Journal, producing over 200 in-depth articles on a wide range of subjects including technology, medical advances, economics, and local businesses. He has also interviewed some of Las Vegas’s most prominent individuals and written over two dozen business profiles. Craig is an avid fitness participant, sailor, SCUBA diver, enjoys singing Karaoke, listening to jazz, and is working on his next book.
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