Simple Tips To Lower Your Energy Bill This Winter

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Winter weather means a major hike in energy costs for most. There are steps you can take to make keeping warm less expensive, though. Below are nine easy, free ways to cut your energy bill expenses.

  1. Bundle Up

Wear a sweater, socks, and/or slippers inside so that you can turn your thermostat down to the lowest comfortable temperature.

  1. Unplug

When electronics aren’t in use, unplug them. Even while these are turned off, they can continue to use energy.

  1. Avoid Peak Hours

Save heavy-energy tasks like laundry for before 7:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. Some areas even charge more money for energy use during peak hours.

  1. Run When Full

Only run your dishwasher when full and wash full loads to cut down on usage.

  1. Take Advantage of Warm Dryers

Dry loads of laundry back to back to take advantage of the already warm dryer. Remember to clean the lint tray before starting each load.

  1. Let In Natural Heat

During the day, open curtains and blinds on sun-facing windows to naturally heat the room.

  1. Decrease Water Heat

Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120°F.

  1. Use Your Fan

Most ceiling fans have a feature that reverses the rotation to keep warm air in.

  1. Stay Near The Heat

When cooking, turn off the heat and stay in the kitchen to take advantage of the heat from the oven or stove.

Replace Overlooked Household Items :

Buy energy-efficient LED bulbs instead of cheaper incandescent bulbs and replace your shower head with a low-flow version. These energy-saving items can cut down on your energy bill in the long run.

These are the simplest ways to keep your home warm. Weatherization is also an effective solution but is often costly.  You can use these tips throughout the winter or just until you can get your home weatherized. Either way, it saves you money!

By: Alecia Stanton

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