In times like these, it is crucial to save money wherever we can. Some money saving ideas are hard, but there are some easier ways to save. Here are some simple ways to save money on your energy bill during the winter.
No Cost Savings
Adjust Your Thermostat
- Instead of a higher temperature, just lower your thermostat to around 68 and keep a blanket handy. You could be saving up to 5% on your energy bill for every degree you lower it.
- Turn your thermostat down or completely off at night or when you will be gone for extended periods of time. No sense in heating an unused space.
Use Your Windows
- On sunny days, let the natural sunlight in to help warm things up. This may only be useful if you have big windows or areas that get good sunlight. Make sure to close the curtains when the sun goes down to help insulate.
Check Your Hot Water Pump
- Reduce the temperature of your hot water pump. A normal setting is 120 degrees. Make sure it is not set any higher than 125. The savings can be between 7% and 11% of water heating costs.
Shut Your Fireplace
- Leaving your fireplace damper open during the winter is like leaving a window open. Close your fireplace with insulation if you don’t plan on using it any time soon.
Use Less Water
- Shorten your shower and you could lower your water and electric bill. Showers are the majority of your water heating costs. You could lower your water heating costs by 33% if you vow to take a shortened shower
- Only do full loads of laundry and use cold water when possible. By using cold water, you can saving up to 75% of your washers energy use.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full. You use the same amount of water whether there is one cup in the dishwasher or a full load.
Turn Off The Lights
- Make sure to turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms and when you will be gone for extended periods of time. Get a light timer if you are going on vacation.
- We love good holiday lighting, but make sure to turn them off at night or during the day.
Turn off Appliances
- Don’t use an extra refrigerator if it isn’t necessary.
- Place big electronics, such as TV’s, on electrical strips and turn the switch off when they are not in use.
- Unplug all of your small appliances when they aren’t in use. These appliances are still using a little energy just by being plugged in. Unplugging the toaster by itself may not save you much, but unplug multiple small appliances and you may see a big difference.
- Turn your computer or laptop over night or when it isn’t in use.
Small Cost Solutions
Replace Your Furnace Filter
- A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and make your furnace work harder. Changing our your furnace filter on time can save you up to 5% the cost of heating.
Insulate Doors and Windows
- Bust out your caulking skills and fill in any leaks around doors and windows.
- Spray foam insulation can be used around larger areas.
- Install weather stripping along door frames.
- Purchase energy saving curtains for your windows.
- Insulating these small areas could save you up to 10% in heating costs.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
- Replace incandescent lights with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs. Pretty soon you won’t be able to purchase the inefficient light bulbs, so may as well switch now. The ENERGY STAR bulbs use 75% less energy and last much longer.
Protect Your Hot Water Tank
- Purchase a jacket for your hot water tank. Yes, there is such a thing and it can save 10% on water heating costs.
Utilize a Humidifier
- Purchase humidifier if you don’t have one. Air with more moisture feels warmer. Check your furnace first to make sure your home doesn’t come with a built in humidifier.
Larger Cost Solutions
Replace Your Old Appliances
- New refrigerators use between 20% and 46% less energy depending on how old your current refrigerator is.
- Newer washers use almost 50% less energy.
- Make sure to buy ENERGY STAR certified products.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
- These can save about 15% on energy costs. Program the thermostat to change your home heating depending on your personal schedule. It will save you money and from having to remember to change the thermostat.
Increase Insulation in Your Ceilings
- This can reduce heating costs by 5%-25%
Replace Your Windows
- Replace your windows with high-efficiency windows. Newer windows can create better insulation and reduce up to 15% of heating and cooling costs.
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