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Install a programmable thermostat

Budget-conscious homeowners seek any opportunity to spend less on heating. The tricky part is to save without compromising comfort. Here, a programmable thermostat can be a tremendous ally, automatically helping you achieve two things at once—toasty temperatures and manageable costs. Simply set the unit to run on your family’s schedule, so the heat will turn itself up when you wake up in the morning or return home at night, and back down when you go to sleep or leave the house for the day. You may never feel any difference, but you’ll probably notice the difference in your bills. (Source: Bob Vila)

6 Steps to a Cozy Winter Home

When plummeting temperatures and cruel storms combine to make the outdoors forbidding, everyone takes refuge indoors.

There’s only one potential problem: If aggravations like drafts and cold-to-the-touch surfaces plague your home at this time of year, then it’s going to be a long winter indeed.

Looking to make your home a comfier, cozier refuge this winter? Your choices run the gamut from the quick and easy to the truly transformative.

For starters, think about simply adding accessories that either literally provide warmth or foster a welcoming, intimate environment.

Alternatively, to make a big jump from chilly and bleak to homey and snug, pull out all the stops and put in radiant floor heating.

Which approach makes the most sense for your home depends on a number of factors; there’s no single right solution that suits every situation. Click through to learn about the range of options you should consider now, before the shivering season goes into full swing! | By Michael Franco, BobVila.com