This year, conserving energy is all about knowing a few important things: one, you need to keep energy inside, and two, you need to find ways to keep your home warm without much effort. Many homeowners find themselves stuck financially when they start trying too hard. The reality is, heating your home doesn’t mean your family has to make dramatic changes. Here are a few tips you can use to conserve energy in the winter.

Keep Heat Inside the Building

The truth is, energy use is doubling, especially in the United States. It’s happening every 20 years, and the simplest contributors are causing the problem. Your goal in the winter should be to keep as much heat in the building as possible. In a well-heated home, opening a window means your heater will have to work longer. That extra time and work raise your heating costs while you’re sitting in the bed enjoying the cool air. Understand, briefly opening your home won’t be much of a problem. But keeping the windows open for a while? Or, leaving external doors open? You’ll find these are easy ways heat escapes your home.

Revisit Your Home’s Insulation

The insulation you most likely think about is the material you have in your attic. Chances are, you’re insulation material will be either fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool. The point of these materials is to provide an extra layer that keeps heat from escaping your home. Because heat rises, heat can easily escape through your attic if you haven’t taken time to check the insulation. Begin your search by first checking for signs of moisture in the attic. Remember, today, the average family spends $2,000 annually on energy bills. You probably didn’t expect half of that to go toward keeping homes either cool or warm. But in the end, insulation is the fabric that holds your heating together.

Weatherstrip Your Windows

Applying weather stripping around your windows? Try using adhesive foam or strip. In doing so, you’ll stop cold air from entering the home. Cold air will get into your home if there are leaks around your windows. No matter how hard you look, you might not detect this issue, costing you extra energy costs that you’ll notice on your next bill. According to the Department of Energy, you can lose between 25% and 30% of your warm air through a drafty window. When cold air enters a room, you’ll likely feel a draft that might keep you up at night. For many, cold air coming into the room is unsettling, to say the least.

Use Your Thermostat Efficiently

Forget about blasting your heat all day indoors. The first problem you’re going to have is overheating, which has a surprising effect on your energy bills. By forcing yourself to overheat, you run the risk of having to overuse fans or open windows to cool off in the winter. In severe cases, you might even find yourself tempted to switch on the air conditioner even though it’s cold. To avoid that, use your thermostat efficiently, focusing on keeping the temperatures even and steady. Remember, your heating should be done in cycles and not all the time.

Dress Warmly Indoors

Want a quick and easy way to conserve energy this winter? Simply choosing to dress warmly will stop you from having to use so much energy on heating. Wear sweatshirts and extra layers, as well as jackets and socks. This way, the heat that escapes your body won’t get out as easily, and you’ll stay warmer overall. You’ll find that if you like to stay cool and loose, you probably won’t need much heat at all. In that case, you’ll have to strike a healthy balance with your family members to make sure the temperature is warm enough for everyone. Fortunately, layers trap heat in your body, something easy everyone can do.

You’re better off conserving energy this year than running up your heating costs. Fortunately, taking steps to keep the warm air in and the cold air from escaping will make living through the winter less of a challenge. Take these steps today and you’ll be warm and comfortable all winter.