As the weather gets colder, we tend to spend more time inside. As a result of spending more time indoors, our electricity bills unfortunately go up. Our lights, heating systems, tv and computers are costing us more money than any other time of the year, but what if we told you that you can actually lower your bills without lessening your usage?
#1 - Stop heating the outside
Did you know, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), "Up to a third of a typical home's heat loss occurs through windows and doors. Air can also leak into or out of the house through the cracks and gaps inside your home, such as electrical outlets, baseboards, and attic hatches." By caulking and sealing different areas of your house, you can lower the thermostat, keep the warm air in and save a significant amount of money. Pro tip: Closing your curtains during the day and night can also help keep the heat in your home.
#2 - Use your thermostat in a "smart" way
They say the best time to turn down the heat is at night and when you're away from home. One way to easily manage the temperature during these times is to upgrade to a smart thermometer. While it is more expensive than a traditional thermometer, it ends up paying for itself because you can set automatic timers and change the temperature from any location, saving you money on your electric bill over time.
#3 - Regularly replace your furnace filter
These things can easily get looked over, but by ensuring your systems are not working harder than they need to be, you're not only lowering your monthly bill but also preventing major repairs in the future.
#4 - Use your devices efficiently
Did you know that "low power mode" and "battery saver" settings on your tech devices can affect your electric bill? Appliances and heating systems may also have this feature, which can significantly cut your energy use without sacrificing performance. If you want to know what devices have these features, check out this article that breaks it down.
#5 - Spend money to save money
If you are on the market for new appliances, check to see which models have the best energy-saving features. Whether it's winter or summer, this kind of investment will help you save money all year round. Even swapping your lightbulbs is a money saver. According to the DOE, "Just one LED bulb may save you $50 or more over the course of its lifetime—the average household has at least 40 light sockets, so your savings will add up quickly."
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