It’s cold. And it’s only going to get colder in the days and weeks to come. This time of year, the trick is to stay warm and comfortable while at the same time keeping your energy usage (and your bill) under control. Here are a few suggestions.
- Consider setting your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months to keep your heating unit from running as much. Even lowering it by one degree can make a difference.
- Use caulk and weather stripping to help keep cold air from getting in (and warm air from getting out).
- Check and/or replace your furnace filter per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure your warm air registers are not blocked by drapes or furniture.
And finally, a simple warm soup can hit the spot on those cold, gray days. And using a slow cooker saves on energy use, too. Check out this easy recipe.
Slow Cooker Bean Soup
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. bag dry pinto beans, rinsed
1 ham hock
8 cups water
1.5 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Place chopped carrot and onion in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cook on high 8–10 hours.