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    How To Save Money On Your Monthly Heating Bill

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    Are you spending a fortune on heating? One of the first things people ask about our two story, 97 year old-home is “Doesn’t it cost at fortune to heat?” Actually it doesn’t! We have learned some simple home hacks that make our home quite comfortable and affordable in the winter. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement! Over the years of owning several homes we learned that switching providers isn’t the only way to reduce the heating bill. By making several changes to a home, you can conserve energy and make heating costs more affordable. Here’s how to save money on your monthly heating bill. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Switch to a tankless water heater

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    When people think of reducing heating costs, replacing or sealing windows almost always come to mind first, but hot water heaters really account for a large portion of the bill. Our hot water has been on the brink for two years, and we have kept putting off buying a new one. Recently however my husband has had to take cold January, early morning  showers, so now we are definitely in the market for a new hot water tank. While preparing this post, I discovered tankless water heaters which may be a real possibility for us.  These heaters take up much less space than traditional tanks and can also be easily concealed in a closet or cabinet. Some even have sleek designs that aren’t too much of an eyesore, like the Eccotemp I12-LP Indoor tankless heater shown below.

    This iE sleek and modern design is an energy efficient model that consists of multiple heating elements to share the workload and extend the life of the heater. This will allow you to enjoy endless hot water for years to come. The iE series electric tankless water heaters are 96% efficient in saving water and can use up to 60% less electricity than a conventional tank water heater. This makes the unit very cost-effective and environmentally friendly!

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    Tankless water heaters only heat up water when you need it (i.e. when a hot water tap is used). They’re more cost-effective than traditional water heating systems in which several gallons of water has to be kept heated in a storage tank. In fact, a tankless water heater could use as much as 50% less energy. There are lots of tankless water heaters on the market – some are only able to serve one faucet at a time, while others can deal with the demand of a whole family. Shop around on the web to find the best tankless water heater for your needs. Remember that installation fees may also vary. I found a video that explains how tankless water heaters work here.

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    Stiebel Eltron Tempra Plus 24 kW, tankless electric water heater with Self-Modulating Power Technology & Advanced Flow Control

     

    Insulate

    Insulation is a means of trapping heat in your home so that you don’t have to reach for the thermostat as often. There are all kinds of insulation methods including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, pipe insulation and double glazing (I have learned a thing or two about insulation after renovating and flipping a few houses)!

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    Installation costs can vary depending on the material and installation method you’re using – thermal wool can be installed somewhat affordably and is more eco friendly, while blown-in insulation may require hiring a professional.

     

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    If you’re living in a rented property or if you are unable to do any type of construction work to insulate inside walls, there are still several DIY insulation tricks. Hanging thick curtains around drafty windows can make a big difference. Even an interior room can be kept warmer with the addition of a thick curtain “portiere” between room or above a door, which can be very stylish and beautiful. I am thinking about adding a DIY drop cloth portiere to the door between the kitchen and living room.

    *'Portière curtain: A single curtain rod that extends the width of the door'

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    Dodge The Draft!

    Hessian burlap door window draft stopper (draught excluder).

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    Keeping drafts out , especially in historic homes is as important as trapping heat in. You can locate sources of drafts by placing a small candle in a window sill or at the foot of a door. Using draft protectors (“door snakes”) under doors and at window sills can stop cold air penetrating these spaces. It may also be beneficial to seal up any cracks in your property that could be letting in drafts. 

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    Install A Programmable Thermostat

    Not all central heating can be placed on a timer, but upgrading to allow this feature could be useful for conserving energy. This could prevent you from leaving the heating on simply out of forgetfulness, or from having it running for hours on high while no one is home. With a programmable thermostat it can be set to come back on a hour or two before coming back home to get things warmed up. 

     

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    The latest models are small and sleek, and have wifi capabilities, allowing you to adjust the temperature from your smart phone while you are away from home.  For our home we simply installed an inexpensive programmable thermostat, and we noticed a considerable decrease in our electric bill.

    Honeywell RTH2300B1012/E1 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat

     

    Install window film and seal around windows

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    Don’t forget to caulk around windows and add weatherstripping seal. These inexpensive heating hacks can make a drastic improvement in the comfort of your home and reduction in heating costs.

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    Consider Solar Heating

     

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    Many homes are embracing solar energy as a new means of generating heating. Solar panels create electricity which can then be used to heat up your home. Whilst installing solar panels can be expensive, you’ll make your money in the long run by never having to pay a heating bill again. Solar panels are best placed on the roof where they’re likely to get the most sun, but you may find other locations for them such as the garden. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a clear sky to generate solar power – solar panels will still generate power even in cloudy weather. Solar power isn’t the only sustainable way to generate power and some households may find that home wind power or hydroelectric power are more effective. Now there are discreet solar roof panels that look exactly like traditional roofing, so you can still have the benefit of solar heating without affecting the traditional or historic look of your home.

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    There is nothing better than cozy, warm and welcoming home in the winter. Well, actually there is—an cozy, warm and welcoming home that doesn’t cost a fortune to heat! By using some of the ideas shared here today, you can reduce your heating bill each month. You can use the extra money you saved to buy some beautiful cozy throws and blankets or warm pajamas to snuggle up in! Unfortunately in our case, that extra money is going toward a new hot water tank, but it won’t be long until that investment pays for itself by lowering the heating bill over time.

    Well friends, stay warm! Just remember…spring is on the way!

    Amber

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    Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks, Thursday Favorite Things

    Let’s Get Organized At Thursday Favorite Things

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    Hello and welcome back to another week of Thursday Favorite Things! I am so happy you are here! I am blessed to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of bloggers as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party.

    If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be. If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week! Before we start the party, here’s what I have been up to recently:

     

    Gorgeous Ideas for using vintage finds in Valentine's Day Decor

     

    On Tuesday I participated in A Vintage Valentine Blog Hop with seven of my vintage loving blogging friends. It is really a great hop so I hope you will check it out after linking up today!

    Share The Love Valentine Link Party

    We are also hosting the Share The Love Valentine Link Party. You are invited to come and link up any Valentine posts between now and Valentine’s Day!

     

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    Every February I start to dewinterize my home decor and I begin pre-spring cleaning by decluttering and reorganizing.  I have been really inspired to create a more organic feel in my home in 2018. With that in mind, I recently shared a post on ways to incorporate natural interior design by bringing the outdoors in.

    I also shared a post on how to prepare for spring cleaning.

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    Last week there were several amazing posts shared at Thursday Favorite Things which focus on cleaning and organizing…just the inspiration I was looking for.

    “Let’s get organized” at Thursday Favorite Things!

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    Organization ideas Declutter Challenge

    Shea at The Fogue Abode shared her Declutter Challenge for January, the pantry. I am a little behind, but this weekend I plan to tackle my pantry! I am looking forward to following her decluttering plan throughout the year.

     

    Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

    Colleen at Life On Kaydoss Creek shared an amazing farmhouse mudroom on a budget.

     

    Great ideas on how to organize your cleaning supplies for quick and easy cleaning!

    Jenn at Clean And Scentsible makes cleaning look glamorous! I loved her post on how to organize cleaning supplies.

     

    $100 Closet Makeover | www.sprinkledwithcolor.com

    Emily at Sprinkled With Color shared an amazing closet makeover for under $100.

     

    Brandy at Gluestick Blog blew me away with her Ikea built in wall of storage. You just have to take a look behind those doors to see how she has organized it!

     

    Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!

    And now it’s time to see your Thursday Favorite Things! Let’s party!


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    How To Prepare For Spring Cleaning: You Can Do It!

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    With Spring not too far away, most of us have started thinking about brightening up our homes and decor for the season, but first we must tackle all the spring cleaning tasks ahead. Call me strange, but I absolutely love cleaning and purging junk that has accumulated throughout the year. I actually look forward to all the organizing! In today’s post I will be sharing some ideas to help you prepare for a deep spring cleaning as the days get lighter, the temperature gets warmer, and a sense of optimism can be felt in the air. Indeed, this is the perfect time to declutter, get organized, and clean our homes in anticipation of the carefree days that late spring and summer will bring! Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, those glorious days will be here before we know it. Let the great purging begin! *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Home Ownership 101: Five Basic Home Security Tips

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    Hello and welcome back to another “Home Ownership 101” post here on the blog. Today’s topic is all about home security (insert moans and groans). I know, I know. It’s not nearly as exciting as beautiful and inspiring decorating photos or vintage junkin’ finds! Nevertheless, ensuring home security goes along with being a responsible home owner. We work so hard to make our homes comfy and beautiful, so why not take a few extra steps to make sure our homes, (and most importantly, the ones we love) are safe? While we can’t predict if, or when, a robbery or costly act of vandalism might occur, there are still some simple, modern, and really effective ways to make our homes a bit safer. Today I will be sharing five basic home security tips (not counting the family watch dog!) that can reduce the risk of security violations and provide peace of mind at the same time. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    How To Choose The Right Appliances For Your Kitchen

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    Shopping for appliances can be overwhelming!  When you visit the appliance section of a home improvement store, furniture shop or kitchen center, there are so many appliances on display that it is easy to get confused and make the wrong choice or an impulse purchase. In my recent post, Five Easy Ways To Make A Kitchen Feel More Spacious, I talked a little about how I rushed into purchasing new appliances instead of waiting and searching for the vintage style appliances of my dream kitchen. *This post contains affiliate links.

    Love the stove, the cabinets, the counter top, sink, AND the floor.

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    How To Protect Antiques And Vintage Treasures

    How To Protect Antiques and VIntage Treasures

    Hello friends! Let’s talk all about vintage junk and antiques! Wait…isn’t that what we always talk about? Actually today I am not showing any new finds or sharing a fun place to go junkin’ for the best antiques. Instead I want to discuss how to protect the precious antiques and vintage treasures we already hold so dear. *This post contains affiliate links.

     

    A collection of amazing vintage junkin finds at Vintage Market Days

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    Some of the vintage items we have may not be “worth” a lot of money, but there may be fun memories of junkin’ adventures associated with them. It may have taken years to hunt down that particular piece which was a labor of love to restore. Other finds may simply have sentimental value. No matter what the actual, monetary value may be, our vintage pieces are precious to us. Over the years I have learned many ways to clean, display, and store antiques based on trial and error, and I am happy to share my experiences with you so that you can protect your vintage treasures too.

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    How To Create The Perfect Bedroom

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    Hello again! As January comes to a close I am making a home improvement and redecorating wish list for the year ahead. While it is not a priority, I hope to get around to creating a beautiful and comfortable bedroom sometime this year! We are starting our fourth year in our home, and we have done very little to decorate our current bedroom. We actually don’t even have a headboard! One of the main reasons we have not yet tackled our bedroom is simply indecision. 

    As I have been thinking about what I want to achieve when creating our “new” space, I have realized there are some basic elements to consider when designing the perfect bedroom—comfort, style, and restorative sleep. These are the essentials of a bedroom that do not require furniture changes or even repainting walls, but are necessary for creating a cozy and relaxing retreat. Today I will be discussing the basics in more detail. *This post contains affiliate links.

     

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