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If I told you there are some really sneaky ways you can cut the cost to heat your home that won’t require wearing a parka 24/7, would I have your attention? Well, get ready, because that’s exactly what I have for you today.

Young woman wearing a red winter jacket with furry hood, holding her hands together on isolated background

These easy tips could cut your heating bill by 20 percent or more, and none require more than 30 minutes of work. You will need to purchase a few inexpensive supplies, all of which are readily available online or at your local home improvement center. But don’t worry—you will quickly recoup those costs in lower heating bills.

Replace worn weatherstripping

Open an outside door and look at that piece of “plastic molding” or strip of foam rubber that runs across the top and down both sides of doors and all the way around windows—designed to seal the air gap once closed. Is it torn, shredded, missing or otherwise not doing its job? Replace as necessary wherever it is allowing small drafts.

Weatherstripping available online or at any home center comes with sticky-back adhesive which makes it a cinch to install. HERE is a 5-minute video that shows exactly how to do this. Easy!

Door thresholds

Look under your front door and any other outside doors. See any daylight? That’s where precious warmed air is being sucked out into the cold. You may be able to adjust the threshold to close this gap. Look for four or five screws that when loosened will allow you to adjust the threshold height.

If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace it in order to get rid of all daylight. Watch this really helpful video. Read more

There are lots of ways to stay cool when the temps of summer soar—most of them holdovers from our childhoods.

older man hot and sweaty heat of summer

However, running through the sprinklers, dumping a bucket of water on your head, or drenching your t-shirt in cold water before putting it on do not offer particularly appropriate options especially if you are, for example, at work. Or any number of other hot situations—indoors or out.

Check out these super fun, cheap ways you can keep cool even when it’s really hot!

Fan that plugs into your mobile phone

PHONE FAN. This tiny-but-mighty Phone Fan plugs into your phone—iPhone, iPad or Android Smartphone/Tablet. Yes, it’s adorable. But more than that, it works! And it’s quiet enough to use anywhere you get that need for air. Don’t worry about it draining your battery because this little gem works on precious little power. Pack of 3 Phone Fans: About $12.

 

Cooling neck towel used as a scarf will keep you cool for hours.

COOLING NECK TOWEL. Think back to Fifth Grade Science Class. Evaporating water plus moving air equals cold. That’s the principle at play with this fabulous Chill-Its Cooling Towel. Wet this towel thoroughly and it will give cooling relief for up to 4 hours, depending on the relative humidity. Simply re-wet to start again. Drape it around your neck, shoulders, and head for drip-free cooling relief as temperatures rise. The secret here is the absorbent and hyper-evaporative PVA material that holds more water, making Chill-Its the most effective cooling towel on the market. Comes in a variety of colors. About $7. Read more