As the temperature outside drops, your home’s temperature typically needs to increase by spending more energy and money to keep warm. There are several ways to lower your utility bill without turning the thermostat down. Consider the following tips to keep warm while reducing your monthly bill during colder months:
- Look for and seal any areas where heat may escape from your home, especially around windows and doors.
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you are away from home.
- Check the temperature setting of your water heater and insulate it to prevent heat loss.
- Ensure that your vents and radiators aren’t blocked. This will allow warm air to circulate through your home freely.
- Open window curtains and blinds during the day to let the sunlight warm your home, and close them at night to keep the heat from escaping.
- Check your furnace filter and replace it if dirty.
- Have all HVAC systems inspected by a professional before winter, and repair any leaky ductwork.
- Shut the doors and close the vents to rooms that you aren’t using. Doing so will allow you to heat the rooms in use more efficiently.
- Take shorter showers to reduce the use of heated water.
- Use energy-efficient LEDs instead of incandescent light bulbs.
- Unplug electronics when they aren’t in use.
Reducing your energy bill during the winter months doesn’t have to be difficult and doesn’t always require massive changes. Start with the small ways you can save energy and build upon your habits from there.
For more information and tips on how to reduce your winter utility bills, contact us today!
By Zywave, Inc.