Six Ways to Save Money While Fixing Up Your Home for the Holidays -- Apartment Therapy - Reverse Your Ceiling Fans: Most every ceiling fan has a little switch on the side that reverses the
direction of the blades to clockwise, which pulls air up instead of
pushing it down. If you flick the switch and run your fan on low during
the winter months, it will gently pull the cooler air up from the
"living level" where we are and push it up to the ceiling where the
warmer air is, forcing that warm air back down along the walls to the
"living level". This has the effect of using your warm air far more
efficiently. Your thermostat will now keep the room at the same heat
level while drawing on your heater less often.
Never Give Expensive Gifts to Women -- Understanding Women & "The Rules" for Men - Whether you're in the early stages of a relationship
or have been married ten years, never give expensive gifts, agree to
extensive home remodeling that you don't particularly want, expensive
trips, etc. in the hope that it will improve her feelings for you. If
you do, you'll be paying for the expenditure long after your girlfriend
or wife has stopped smiling at you for what you did. Instead, give
little nothing gifts like a funny card, or a stuffed animal holding
flowers, and say "I was thinking of you today." Do this at unexpected
times. A week later (or maybe even the next day), the $12 stuffed
Dalmatian with the heart-shaped spots will be forgotten, and your
woman's attitude will probably (and understandably) be "What have you
done for me lately?" But guess what? The same thing will happen a week
after you agree to pay for her eight-year-old's private school tuition,
which is a $120,000 tab over ten years. You do the math.
Use Dryer Lint as a Fire Starter - The soft balls of lint ignite easily and are great for starting fires in your wood-stove or fireplace. See, now there's even less reason to purchase those biased newspapers! Also, keep a pot of water on your wood-stove while it is burning. This adds humidity to the air and makes you feel warmer.
Your Hot Water Heater and You - You should drain your hot-water heater once or twice a year to remove built-up sediment, allowing the heating elements to cool more efficiently. Also, check the temperature setting on your heater. Hot water is one of the biggest energy expenses in your home and most heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is too hot as water at such a temperature will need to be cooled down before you can use it. The hotter the water in your storage tank, the more heat loss there will be. 120 degrees Fahrenheit will do the trick for all your bathing and household needs.
Window Screens - Screens block the Winter's Sun. Even fine mesh screens can stop up to 20% of the sunlight that could enter through the windows and help to warm your home. Remove your screens in the winter.