Contrary to popular belief, froogalists do enjoy warmth. We do not sit around swaddled in multiple layers of woolen blankets counting our pennies whilst drinking warm water from a tin cup like Ebenezer Scrooge. We just get more for our heating dollar; we do warmer smarter. Why pay more that you have to?
Here is one of the most basic and effective money saving tips out there for keeping warm – open your curtains or blinds during the day and close them at night. Opening them during the day allows solar energy to heat up your living space (this is called passive solar heating). Closing them when the sun has set helps to trap the warmer air inside. That’s all there is to it.
Of course, the better that you can seal and insulate your home the better. Sealing and insulating helps to keep you comfortable year round by keeping the temperature created within the house (hot or cold) from leaving the house (or from outside air from getting in). Caulking and insulating
in is relatively inexpensive and it has a very quick payback time in terms of energy costs. The beauty here is that once the caulking or insulation has paid for itself (say in one season or so), the following money savings go directly into your pocket for many years to come. Many jurisdictions also have rebates for energy improvements that you decide to make to your home (check you local municipality).
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Froogalists enjoy getting more for less, because it allows us to use our creativity and resourcefulness to help us reach our longer term goals (like buying a theatre). It’s fun saving money. Check back soon for more ideas about how you can get more with less.
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