Winter may not be here yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking of new ways to cut down on your household bills. The strategies below will help you save energy, save money, and stay warm during the colder months. Some of the tips below are free and simple lifestyle changes that can help increase your savings; others are easy and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.
- Take advantage of heat from the sun
The first, and perhaps the easiest tip, is to open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day. This allows sunlight to naturally heat your home. Just remember to close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Close the damper
You should enjoy your fireplace this winter! But when you are not using it, keep the damper closed. An open damper creates a draft, pulling air from the room and sending heat — and your money — up the chimney.
- Adjust the thermostat
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 7° to 10° for eight hours and you can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Using a smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature, you can set it and forget it!
- Adjust the water temperature
Hot water is a big energy user. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your water heater’s thermostat set at 120 degrees. Anything higher is unnecessary. Water that’s too hot can even be dangerous.
Every 10-degree reduction in your water heater’s thermostat can shave 3 to 5 percent off your bill.
- LED Lightbulbs
LED lightbulbs may not help with home heating costs, but they sure do make a difference in your electric bills. You can even use holiday LED light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
The monthly usage savings for a single bulb is around $1.25. So, most people will be able to recoup the cost of a new LED bulb in just over three months.
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Santanna Energy Services located in Austin, TX and Bolingbrook IL, is a Natural Gas and Electricity Provider for Residential, Commercial, Business and more. The company was founded in 1988 and has been in business for 32 years and growing!