10 Ways To Reduce Your Household Energy Use This Winter
It’s crazy that cold weather is already here and 2017 is almost over. I’m the type of person that would rather be in 95 degree weather than below freezing so this time of year is not my favorite. But while the temperature is dropping, our energy bill tends to go up this time of year.
After going through my monthly budget, I’m determined to keep our energy bill down this winter. Using these 10 tips to reduce household energy, you can easily save over $300 a month this winter!
Cover Bare Floors
Using rugs to cover bare floors may keep heat from escaping through poorly insulated flooring. You can find cheap rugs at thrift stores or outlet stores for low prices.
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
These are awesome. If you are at work all day, then there’s no need to have the heater blasting for 9 hours when you can program it all into your thermostat. This can save a lot of energy in the long run.
Invest in Insulation
If you’re in a home without proper insulation, you could be throwing money away from the heat escaping through the poor insulation. Start by covering old windows and cracks in doorways where heat can escape.
Wear a Sweatshirt
Instead of cranking up the heat during the winter, try adding a sweatshirt and sweatpants when laying around the house. You can save a lot by minimizing the amount of time you are using your heater.
Switch Your Bulbs
Using newer LED lights use much less energy than incandescent bulbs that have been used in the past. These will last longer and use less energy so it saves you twice as much in the end!
Use Appliances That Require Less Energy
Making smart decisions is key. Instead of using an oven to warm up food, try using a microwave which will use much less energy.
Keep Freezer Full
A full freezer uses less energy than an empty one so keeping it full will help keep the energy needed down. Plus, you’ll always have something to eat in case of a snow storm.
Limit Electronics Plugged in
If you’re not using something, then unplug it because that’s just wasting energy. Only plug electronics in when needed then unplug when you’re done.
Only Heat Rooms You Use
Never use the guest bedroom? Try blocking the vents and close the door so you can save that energy and direct it to other rooms that actually need the heat. Even better, try setting the thermostat low and using a space heater in the rooms you use the most to save even more.
Utilize That Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, then there is nothing more relaxing than sitting by a hot fire during the cold winter months. I like to go out and cut my own firewood so I get a good workout in as well. And you can always cut extra wood and sell it for some quick cash.