Temps are going back up this week, but a cold snap is a great reminder that it’s time to turn the heat on soon. You can save cash over the winter with clean ducts and a heating system that works properly. Maintenance of that system can also be a health and life saver.
If the idea of winter heating costs has your pulse going up, you may save even more money by getting a free energy audit and possibly even some a assistance. A great place for Denver residents to start is Denver Energy Challenge.
For people outside Denver, Excel does free audits, and there are assistance programs. Sometimes you have to have a rock-bottom income to qualify for help, but it’s good to know your options.
Also, these dumb-simple strategies really do work: get outside in the cold every day for a while if you can, which acclimates your body to the cold and can be great for the immune system, and wear layers when you’re inside. I like my silk backpacking underwear under fleece and a big wool shirt on top of it all. We’re not going to win any contests for svelte and sexy in our staying-home winter outfits at The Ranch, but we do keep our heating costs down.