Your energy bill is about to go up this winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in a cold house or pay through the nose for a warm house.
Last month, National Grid, one of the region’s major utilities, filed new electric rates for Massachusetts that could lead to monthly billing spikes of more than 60% this winter compared to a year ago. a year. That means keeping the thermostat at 70 degrees snug may not be the most cost-effective strategy.
But what can you do about it? There are financial assistance programs to help pay your energy bills, but you can also take steps to optimize your heating. To help you stay warm this winter without skyrocketing utility bill, we’ve identified five products designed to keep the cold air out without using electricity.
Disclaimer: The Globe has not tested these products. We selected products based on customers’ high ratings.
To save on heating costs, it is important that there are no leaks in your home. A gasket like this 39 inch silicone plug is designed to fit under a range of doors – you cut it to fit the width of your door, then peel and stick it.
Like the door weather strip, an 18-foot rubber weather strip blocks all the spaces where your heat could escape. You can use such tape in a number of environments – windows, garage doors, car trunks – and it also has tool-free peel and stick application.
Thermal insulation curtains
Drawing thermal blackout curtains on your windows at night can help keep heat from escaping through the panes – just be sure to open them again during the day so that sunlight can enter. As an added benefit, these fabric curtains also keep your room darker. and muffle noise for a better night’s sleep.
A cold winter evening is always made better by curling up by a fireplace – even if that fireplace is about five inches wide. A tabletop version, which is fueled by isopropyl alcohol, burns for 40-50 minutes and, unlike a real fireplace, avoids letting cold air in through the flue. This product is the safest used outdoors, and if you are going to use it indoors, make sure it is in a well-ventilated space.
Besides the obvious comfort benefit, area rugs like this one, which is 1.5 inches thick, add extra insulation to your floor and make walking around your living room more comfortable. This one comes in sizes ranging from around 6.5 square feet to around 139 square feet, and you can add a rug pad underneath for an extra layer of protection.