How To Cut Your Energy Bill In The Winter And Save More Money

How To Cut Your Energy Bill In The Winter And Save More Money

With winter around the corner, it is time to think of the added expenses that accompany the cold season, along with other expenses, such as holiday shopping and hosting holiday parties. The winter season brings an increase in utility costs, particularly heating and lights. The good news is there are many ways to reduce utility costs during the winter. Below are a few easy ways to cut your energy bill in the winter and save more money. 

Home Energy Audit 

It is very helpful to perform an energy audit. Consider getting a professional home-energy audit. Hiring a professional to come to your home and assess your utility bills, energy use, identify any inefficiencies, and make recommendations can really help you lower your energy bills. 

Reduce Water Heater Temperature 

Heating the water in the hot water tank consumes energy so heat loss can increase energy usage. During winter, turning down the temperature of the water heater to 120 degrees can save on energy usage which will save money. If you have an electric water heater that is fairly old or is warm to the touch, you may want to wrap it in an insulation jacket which will help reduce heat loss and save energy. 

Furnace Maintenance and Cleaning 

The furnace is a big energy consumer during the winter. You can reduce energy costs by making sure it is properly maintained. Consider getting a professional to inspect and make any repairs, and get the furnace and duct system cleaned before the cold hits. As well, make sure you frequently change the filters during the winter. Dirty furnaces work harder so they are less efficient therefore, it is beneficial for indoor air quality and for saving money, to properly maintain your furnace.

 Inspect Home for Air Leaks and Drafts 

Escaping indoor warm air and cold air coming inside can cause the furnace to work harder so thoroughly check the home for air leaks. Seal areas around windows and doors and check to see if air is coming through the attic ceiling and walls. It may require insulation. Use caulking or weatherstripping to seal gaps. You can also invest in storm windows. As well, check your basement for any air leaks and seal exposed areas where necessary. 

 

SMART thermostat

High-tech energy-saving thermostats are equipped with sensors that automatically adjust your home’s temperature according to your schedule and lifestyle. The device adjusts the indoor temperature at different times of the day, based on your specific settings. These thermostats can save you money on both your heating and cooling bills as they help reduce the use of the heating and cooling units when you are away or do not require use. Installed programmable thermostats that are set at lower temperatures while you sleep or are away reduce energy use. The smart models work with phone apps so you can adjust the temperature when you are away. 

Switch to LED Lightbulbs. 

Switching to LED light bulbs will save you money as these lightbulbs consume much less energy than standard light bulbs, and they last longer, about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. 

Unplug Electronics and Appliances When Not in Use 

Appliances and electronics such as device chargers, televisions, computers, and game consoles can consume energy when turned off but still plugged into the power outlet. By unplugging them when they are not being used, you will save money during the cold season. Consider an energy-saving power strip to reduce energy consumption. 

Washer and Dryer Usage 

When washing clothes, use the cold setting on your washing machine. Whenever possible, use a clothesline to dry clothes. For the Dryer, clean the lint screen after use, and keep the dryer duct clean to ensure the dryer runs efficiently. 

Prevent Heat Escape and Cool Air Coming in From Fireplace 

An open fireplace damper lets the cool air in and the warm air out.  Make sure the fireplace is closed when not in use. Also, it is beneficial and healthy to have your chimney cleaned. 

Open the Currents, Let the Sunshine In 

During sunny days, open your blinds or shades to let the sunshine in the rooms. The sun’s rays can help to warm a room which means less energy consumed by the furnace. When it starts to get dark, close the currents or shade to maintain the heat. 

A Home Warranty Protects Appliances and Home Systems 

During the winter, there are a number of appliances and home systems that work harder, so not only are homeowners looking for ways to make their homes more energy-efficient, but also extend the life of their appliances and systems. You can protect yourself from expensive repair and replacement costs of home appliances and systems by buying a home warranty plan.  

A home warranty can provide substantial protection for many appliances and systems within your home. Plans can be built and customized to allow homeowners to add a variety of items to their policies. Additional refrigerators, ice-makers, washers, dryers, pool, spa equipment, well pumps, or additional heat/air conditioning units can be added. There are also additional options that cover electronics, water and sewer lines and more. 

Prepare for the Cold 

Adjusting your heating, lighting, and other home systems habits can help you save money on energy costs while remaining comfortable throughout the winter. It is just a matter of making a few easy changes to help you enjoy the winter without taking a big bite out of your budget.

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