Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re planning to spend time with that special someone, there are some ways you can save money on warming your home so you can focus on warming their heart.

Here’s a few things to consider:

  • Netflix and chill? Being at home more often means you’re using more energy, and having additional people in the house also means your energy usage will increase, which translates to a higher bill. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invite your significant other to spend time with you at home, though. Just turn off unused lights, adjust your thermostat to account for having an extra person in the house and curl up under a blanket together so you stay warm.
  • Open hearts, not open windows. Air leaks can let heat out and cold air in, so make sure doors and windows are sealed tightly. Use low-cost caulk and weather stripping to block drafts, and remember to close the flue on your fireplace after that romantic fire, because it will allow heat to rise out of your home through the chimney if you don’t.
  • Don’t be closed off. If you have furniture, drapes or rugs covering or blocking your air vents, the heat your furnace produces can’t circulate effectively.

Want to show off in the kitchen to make your sweetheart even sweeter? Try out these heart-shaped brownies!

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat your natural gas oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Butter the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan and line with parchment paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate, brown sugar and butter. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then heat an additional 10 seconds at a time until chocolate melts.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs to chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and salt and beat until mixture forms a batter. Pour into baking pan and spread until smooth. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of brownies comes out almost clean.
  4. When brownies have cooled, turn out onto a cookie sheet. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies into pieces.

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