Unless you’re living in paradise, chances are your city experiences all four seasons. The warmth of the summer, the crisp air of spring, the falling leaves of autumn, and of course the snowfall of winter. As winter is now in full force, many of us are struggling to keep up with the inevitable increase in energy expenditure. Is the necessity to keep warm causing your energy to bill to be at an all-time high? You’re not alone.
There are certainly ways to cut down on your energy costs – ways that do not have to be complicated. These simple choices can be the ones that substantially cut your energy bill. Saving resources and energy saves you money. There is also the added environmental benefit for your community. Take a look at these 8 quick tips to keep warm during the winter for a fraction of what you’re currently paying.
- During the winter, turn down your thermostat by two degrees. Grab something warm to cover you up. While simple, this little trick has saved $180 per year on energy bills.
- Do you sometimes run your dishwasher when it is not entirely full? Get into the habit of only running your dishwasher when there is absolutely no room left. Dishwashers are far more water and energy efficient when full. In comparison to hand-washing your plates, research shows that dishwashers are more thorough and water efficient.
- Another trick is to insulate your water tank and set your thermostat two degrees lower to save energy. Consider investing in a low-flow showerhead as it takes less water and requires less heat to warm the water.
- Cleaning your energy furnace every other month can increase its productivity by 50%.
- The time in which you do electricity-heavy activities matters. Daytime is known as prime time as it is when the majority of people are doing their laundry and other electricity dependent activities. To save on your energy bill, these electricity-heavy activities should be completed from 7 AM – 10 PM. Some areas have actually raised electricity rates in the daytime.
- Unplug your appliances and electronics when not in use. Many devices in your home still use up electricity when they are turned off but plugged in. Many electronics nowadays have features that make them easier to use, such as instant-on TVs, but at a cost. This can amount to up to $75 in additional energy costs per year.
- Take advantage of an already-warm dryer by putting in different loads of laundry one after the other. Clean the lint filter before every load. A clogged filter has been known to require more energy to operate, not to mention the safety hazard it presents.
- Replace your home’s incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. These bulbs require less watts to operate, thus reducing your energy costs.