Winter is a rough time on the wallet. Between the lights and decorations of the holiday season, the gifts and the expenses that come with heating and lighting your home through the long winter evenings, it’s imperative to find ways to cut your electricity bill. The truth is that with just a few simple changes, you can make a difference in tackling any excess energy that your family is using this winter.
Turn Down The Heat
One of the main culprits of energy use is the furnace or heater in your home. When you’re at home, a good practice is to wear a sweater or curl up into a big blanket instead of cranking your heat. Don’t heat your home when you’re not there if you’re looking to save on spending this winter; turn your heater on when you get home and you’ll find that you’re warm in no time.
Many of us don’t think much about the hot water that we use throughout the day. Between baths and showers, dishes, laundry and other household chores, we pay to heat a LOT of water. Do your best to take short showers instead of baths, or consider switching to a low-flow shower head to regulate your water use throughout a day. Before running a washer or dishwasher, ensure that you have a full load to avoid heating more water than is necessary.
Avoid Prime Time Energy Use
You may not realize it, but using your appliances throughout the energy rush hour (between 7am-10pm and 4pm-7pm) can actually set you back. Some energy companies are charging you a premium for your prime time energy use. Make an effort to do chores in non-peak times to avoid using too much energy in a day.
Fight The Drafts and Filter The Furnace
Using weather stripping or even plastic on single-paned windows can mean a much warmer home. If you find and fill small holes in your windows and doors, you can fight the drafts and use far less heat throughout the day. Remember to check your furnace filter on a regular basis as well. A well-filtered furnace will save you a lot on heating your home over the winter.