Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saving Heating Dollars

How do you save on those heating bills. Here are a few ideas I will share with you. Number One is INSULATE. When you think you have enough insulate some more. It's kind of like never being too thin or too rich : ) Don't forget those outer wall electrical sockets.

I like these door snakes. Made from the legs of old blue jeans filled with rice they snuggle up to those doors and don't let that cold air under. Now if I could just figure out how to keep the grandbaby from playing with them : )

We invested several years ago in this infrared heater which was a wonderful investment. Cheap to run it sits upstairs and at night although the heater may be set on 60 this can be turned on low to keep the area where we are watching tv or me sewing or quilting nice and toasty. It is even on wheels and comes with a remote control.

Invest in lots of these. Quilts,blankets, sweaters, sweat shirts, heavy socks, and throws. They are much cheaper than petroleum or electricity. Turn that thermostat down and try to relearn the art of snuggling.

I get up first most mornings and turn on the coffee pot and in the winter I love to throw on that pan of biscuits. I just think hot food just warms you up in the morning. That hot oven helps take the chill right off the house. Or maybe throw on a pot of soup to simmer most of the morning. You have to feed them so use that heat to your advantage. I also save canning to do in the winter. I can my dried beans for chili in the winter. I freeze my fruit juices and some fruit that I may not have time to deal with during the frantic summer gardening rush. When the snow is falling crank up that canner and make jam. I usually have jelly jars that have been emptied by then.That canner will put heat in the house when you need it and not when it is 100 degrees outside and you don't.

What have you done to help save those heating dollars?

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. We put in a wood stove a couple years ago and only rely on it for heat. No more huge propane bill. I also can in winter, meats, soups, chili, dry beans & more potatoes. After using the oven, we leave the door open a tad, just love the warmth it brings. We do have a couple space heaters if needed for the basement.

    Like you, I'm a believer that you can't have enough throws & blankets, sweat shirts, sweaters and coverings for the beds. I pick up a lot from our local second hand stores, the ones that take the better stuff and wash it up. Of course I bring it home and wash it again, but it's good stuff and helps for you to get a nice little collection without breaking the bank.

  2. All good tips. Thanks for these, CQ!

  3. Oh my goodness, stay warm and cozy.

  4. This post just made me feel snuggly. We like to use Rice Socks in our beds at night. Soooo nice.


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