7 tips to lower your winter bill
By the time we flip the calendar to December, we are ready for the winter wonderland to sprinkle across the region, gearing up for when Jack Frost comes nipping at our nose. What most of us are not excited about is Mr. Frost going for our wallet. Here are seven tips to lower your electricity bill this winter.
1) Lower thermostat
Coming home in winter is not the time to shed clothes, especially if you want to save on your energy bill. Turn down your thermostat to around 68°F when you’re away or asleep. Experiment with your family to find that comfortable energy-saving temperature.
2) Adjust your water heater
The recommended temperature for most water heaters is 120°F. If your water heater is set too hot, it will not only waste energy but can be a safety hazard.
3) Solar gain
Enjoy nature’s natural heat. Open your blinds when the sun is shining to help warm your home during the day and close them at night for added insulation.
4) Reverse ceiling fans
Turn your fan clockwise and set it at a low speed. Rather than creating airflow that makes you feel cooler, your fan will push warm air downward, making you feel warmer.
5) Caulk cracks and leaks
Thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, paying attention to areas around chimneys, furnace flues, pipes, electrical outlets, windows, and doors. Fill small leaks with caulk.
6) Replace old appliances
Upgrading your home appliances can cut your energy costs across the board. Purchase an Energy Star appliance. Energy Star washers are 40% more efficient than their conventional counterparts lacking the Energy Star label.
7) Use your microwave
Use your microwave to reheat food instead of your regular oven. Your regular oven consumes more energy because it has to heat itself before it can heat anything else. A microwave can use up to 80% less energy than an oven.