10 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill This Winter

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Energy bills are set to spike around the country this year. From Christmas to Valentine’s Day and from the East to the West Coast, temperatures are expected to drop lower than last year’s records. In 90 percent of American households utility costs are expected to see an average of a 10.5 percent increase in utility costs. You can combat the crisis by using these ten tips to mitigate monthly costs, while reducing your carbon footprint. 

  1. Energy BillReplace old appliances and fixtures. Energy efficient refrigerators, stoves, and dryers and water saving toilets, showerheads, and faucets are readily available and at retail prices that will save you major cash in the long run.
  2. Invest in an automatic thermostat. Set your heater to a lower temperature during the day and to turn off while you’re out of the house. The energy you save will allow you to turn it up a bit so you get a warm and comfortable night’s sleep.
  3. Seal windows. Use a rope caulk to seal the space between windows and their frames. You may not always feel it, but that’s where your warm air seeps out and cold winter air sneaks in. Rope caulk will allow you to still open your windows up on those surprisingly pleasant winter days. Installing a door sweep on those doors that open outside will also keep drafts out.
  4. Keep doors shut. If you’re not occupying particular rooms of the house, keep their heating vents and doors closed. That way, heat will concentrate in rooms you are using. There is no reason to waste energy and pay money to heat a room that no one is in!
  5. Set your water heater. If you set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees, you’ll significantly cut the amount of heat lost to surrounding area. If you have an older water heater, wrap it in an insulation jacket for this same purpose. It can’t hurt to insulate your hot water pipes either.
  6. Take advantage of the sun. Open up windows, skylights, and curtains and allow the sun to shine in. This passive source of heat is easy to use and it’s free!
  7. Replace light bulbs. Use energy efficient light bulbs and see a drop in your electric bill immediately. They also last longer than regular, incandescent bulbs, so you won’t have to buy them as often. Be sure to always turn lights off when you leave a room.
  8. Make use of your ceiling fan. It may sound counter-intuitive to use your fan in the colder months, but most ceiling fans have a reverse switch. Flip the switch and your fan will push the warm air that has risen towards the ceiling down to the ground. You won’t have to turn the heater up quite as high if you use its heat more efficiently.
  9. Layer up! Get cozy without cranking up the thermostat by enjoying sweaters, socks, and slippers around the house. It’s an easy way to cut back on your energy usage and it allows you to modify your body temperature as needed without heating the whole house.
  10. Do an energy audit. Take a look around your home and determine where you may be wasting energy. Are you using old appliances? What type of light bulbs do you use? Leaky faucets or drafty windows? Take note of places where you could improve your home’s energy efficiency. It is also important to compare electricity rates in your area so that you are starting with the best possible price.

Shital

Shital regularly contributes to current health articles and healthy living ideas to health blogs around the web. When she’s not busy working with the jobs, you will find her undertaking many of her own health-related topics and healthy living ideas! She has a lot of dreams. She works hard to fulfill her dreams. She loves to share her ideas, tricks, tips, and information by blogging. She also works at Creativejasmin.com, a company that committed to helping businesses with online marketing.

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