In the darkest part of the year, it´s tempting to try hibernating through the next couple months. If you can get a plan in place now though, you can get a jump on spring, and a couple of things will even help you save money.
1) Let's Save Some ENERGY!
a) Turn Down the WATER HEATER - Lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater is an easy way to save money; for each 10ºF you decrease the temperature, you can save 3%–5% in energy costs. Did you know most water heater manufacturers set the temperatures of their water heaters to 140 degrees F. 120 degrees F is plenty hot. This is a great way to save money.
b) Change those dirty HVAC Air Filter - Households can save between 5-15% if the air filters on their furnaces get changed 4 times a year. When's the last time YOU changed your air filter? If you can't remember you should do so now. A good way to remember when you changed your filter last is to WRITE THE DATE directly on the air filter with a marker.
c) Upgrade to a PROGRAMABLE Thermostat - new programmable thermostats start at around $40 and can save the average homeowner $200 per season.
2) Let's Save some CHRISTMAS MONEY!!
a) Now is a great time of year to top up on Christmas CARDS / WRAPPING PAPER / and DECORATIONS - some stores there are savings of 50% or more!
b) When you do bring all that new wrapping paper home here is a great idea on how to store it:
Wrapping Paper and Supplies: Store wrapping paper rolls in that unused space at the top of a closet—its ceiling.
3) Other Great January Sale items include:
a) Electronics - Bedding / Linens - Sports and or Exercise equipment - Electronics - Winter clothing and accesories - storage solutions / bins, etc.
January doesn't have to be such a 'blah' month.
Keep busy, hopefully keep warm, and you might enjoy the winter months just a bit more.
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