Instead of cranking up the old thermostat to stay warm this winter, try a few of these trouble-free tricks that won’t cost you a dime.
· Lower your thermostat by 1 degree each day for a few days. When you find a temperature that’s comfortable, make it your permanent daytime setting.
· Seal up any gaps around windows and doors with caulk or weather-stripping.
· Install a programmable thermostat and turn the temperature down while you’re sleeping and anytime you’ll be away for more than a few hours.
· Take advantage of the most powerful “furnace” of all to warm things up. Ol’ Sol’s heating power will send your indoor temps soaring, even in the coldest weather. So keep your window coverings open during the day. Then as soon as the sun sets, close them tight to hold in the warmth.
And be sure to keep your windows sparkly clean, inside and out, because even a thin film of dirt will block out a whole lot of light. My Super Warm-Up Window Cleaner will keep your windows clear, spotless, and free of wintertime grime, so the sun’s rays can shine through with all of their welcome warming power. Here’s how to whip up a batch:
Mix ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol, and ½ cup of warm water in a handheld sprayer bottle. Spray the cleaner onto the glass, and wipe it away with paper towels or crumpled up newspaper. That’s all there is to it!
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