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Cold weather = big heating bill = lots of money = smart moms finding ways to save money.

While winter has already arrived in the snow belt and beyond, it's also fast approaching nationwide. That's why I was so grateful KayMMIV shared her own Winter Conservation Tips in the Green Organic Natural Simple Living group.

So the cold weather is finally here. The holidays are just around the corner and with this economy, we are all feeling the tug on our purses and bill folds even more this year. Here are a few tips I use for saving money in the winter.
Don't Heat Unused Space:

If you have a guest bedroom or some other room that isn't used for long stretches of time, like days, weeks, or even months at a time close off the vents to the room (you can use plastic taped to the metal of the vent if it's a wall or ceiling vent or just place something over a floor vent) and put something like a towel under the door to seal it off as much as possible. No point heating a room that you aren't living in. and it's easy to go in and pick up the towel, take the plastic off, or move whatever is blocking the vent when you have company.

Reduce Cold Drafts Into Your Home:

Caulk around window and door frames, and any other 'seams' on the outside of the house to seal them. This also saves you money year-round because moisture can get in there and cause some serious damage to your walls—as we found out the hard way with our new home.

Make your tub is sealed underneath and insulated if it's a built-in tub. We just sealed and insulated our garden tub. I noticed when I touched it, the tub was freezing, the holes around the pipes hadn't been sealed, and there was no insulation under the tub itself. This is especially true if you have a modular or mobile home, as tubs are not normally sealed or insulated and can really drain your energy in both the winter and summer. Found this out the hard way in college—my best friend's mom bought a modular for us to live in for college, so we only had to pay the really cheap lot rent and utilities, much cheaper than other options. But those utilities can kill you if you don't fix things like that.

Don't Waste Warm Air on Your Ceiling:

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
(most fans will have a switch at the top or around the base). You want to make sure the fan pulls warm air from the ceiling down to keep it circulating instead of sitting at the ceiling.

Take Advantage of Your Body's Natural Heat:

Dress in warm clothes. Wear sweaters, double socks, and long pants around the house. Dress your kids in double socks and warm clothes in the house and set the thermostat at 60. You will be amazed at the fact that it hardly feels cold even set at 60 when you are dressed warmly. At night, double up on the socks again, put your kids in double socks, long underwear (top and bottom) and full body pajamas. And use blankets and set the thermostat at 50. For little babies, put them in double full body pajamas and co sleep. Use a nice comforter, and you won't feel cold at all.
Thanks for sharing these, KayMMIV! Be sure to check out her Green Organic Natural Simple Living group for more great money-saving tips and information.
Also of wintry interest:
+++ What tips do you have for conserving energy and saving money at home this winter? Share in the comments below.