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Cost of Moving: Keep energy costs down in autumn

It is important to keep the heat off if you are trying to save money.

It is important to keep the heat off if you are trying to save money.

When the colder weather starts to creep up on you in autumn, you may notice that the new area where your moving company transported your belongings to is a bit more frigid than expected. Instead of making your home like a beach, it could be important to take some money saving measures, while still keeping the home warm.

If you live in an older home, the chances of you living in a drafty and cold home may increase. It is important that you keep your heat off for as long as you can, especially if you use oil heat. This is quite expensive, and you will end up regretting it after seeing your first bill of the year.

Instead, it may be a good idea to purchase a space heater or two. While you may think of these items as something just for the garage, there are many space heaters tailored for the home, which could make life easier. The price for these items can vary, significantly, but if you purchase one between $60-$80, you should be able to comfortably warm a room. The electricity used is low, and you won't notice a huge difference on your utility bills.

Look at ways to make you and the home warmer

Additionally, you will want to make sure you take out any air conditioners that were in your windows when it was warmer outside. These can leak cold air into the home and prevent warm air from staying inside. It is also a good plan to make sure all windows are shut. Checking the top and bottom of the windows, as well as locking them in place will help you keep the warm air in.

Another good way to keep the home warm is to cook more. Baking items can help keep the kitchen area feeling comfortable for a lengthy period of time. By turning off the oven afterward and leaving it open, you will feel a difference immediately. Finally, wearing heavier clothes around the home will help make you feel more comfortable. Remember, you aren't in summer any more, and wearing pants and a sweatshirt around your home isn't a bad idea. By doing this, you may feel less of an urge to hit the thermostat.