Owning a waterfront condo during the winter can become an agonizing fight against the elements to keep the power bill down. Unless your waterfront condo is in sunny Florida, most other condo owners must deal with falling temperatures and rising electric bills as the colder seasons set in.
To prevent spending too much money on the condo heating bill this winter, try some energy saving techniques that will keep more heat in your house and more green in your pocket. Plus, your family will love the extra cash you have to spend on gifts for them this year!
* Dress warmly inside the condo. While it seems almost too obvious, one of the best methods for reducing the heating bill is to dress warmer inside. Instead of 70 degrees and shorts and a tee shirt, try 65 degrees and a sweatshirt.
* Close vents in unused rooms. If your cousin from Vancouver is in for the weekend, by all means turn the heat on for him. But if your spare bedroom is vacant, close the vents to prevent heat from being circulated into areas unnecessarily.
* Make sure your condo is sealed. Extensive drafts around doors and windows are chief culprits of heat loss. Try to find air leaks and use weather-strips or weather caulking to reduce the airflow through these orifices. This is especially important with waterfront condos, as the drafts coming off of the water are often much more intense and cooler during the winter.
* Use venting fans sparingly. Fans that vent air from the inside to the outside are great at moving bathroom steam or kitchen smoke out of the condo. Unfortunately, they are also great at moving heat out of the condo at a rapid pace. Use room fans to circulate air instead of turning these heat thieves on.
* Let the sun in! If you own a waterfront condo, chances are you have some large windows for viewing the beautiful landscape. Take advantage of the sunny day time period to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home through these windows. Make sure to close the blinds and shades in other areas of the condo to keep heat in.
These inexpensive steps can have your waterfront condo feeling warmer in the winter, giving you more time to spend with loved ones instead of fretting over bills.