Spring and fall might be comfortable seasons, but summer and winter can really do a number on your heating and cooling bills. There are many ways you can cut down on the amount of energy used by your environmental system though. Just get creative and adjust your mindset instead of your thermostat.

Winter Heating Options

Think about extra layers in a different way. The layers involved don’t have to be sweaters or blankets they may be more physical barriers in your home. If you close off the vents in your home so that only a few are still open allowing air to circulate you will help your bottom line and your comfort level. Just make sure not to close all of the vents because that will make the house stuffy and uncomfortable.

You can also take the concept of “house shoes” to a new warmer level and make them “house slippers” that are insulated to keep your feet warm. If your feet are warm it is easier to keep the rest of your body warm too.  Grab a beanie to wear if you’re still too cold, as the head is the part of the body that loses heat the quickest.

Summer Cooling Options

Whether it is a dry heat or you are swimming in humidity, there is a fan that will work for you. Some fans can absorb excess moisture in the air. Some even have misters built into them to help make a dry heat less so.  Also, if your home is multi-leveled, stay downstairs where the cooler air has gathered, even if it means sleeping on the couch for a few nights.

You can also mist your sheets lightly with water as well as your pajamas to cool off. This works even better if you have a fan facing you and windows open. Above all, use Mother Nature to your advantage. Keep your windows open at night and allow cooler air to circulate. Place fans by windows to encourage the air exchange. For a quick fix, dip your feet in an inch or two of water in the bathtub for five to 10 minutes. Don’t dry them off immediately. Instead, let them cool naturally as this will cool the body significantly. And if all else fails, take a cold shower and then sit in front of a fan. You’ll be shivering in no time.

Just because the temperature isn’t in the 60s or 70s doesn’t mean you have to give up half of your paycheck to keep your home comfortable. By using typical solutions combined with more distinctive ones, you will end up comfortable. The few extra dollars in your pocket after you pay the bill is just an added bonus.