When outside temperatures begin to plummet, one of the most costly consequences is the increased energy it takes to maintain a comfortable home which results in a higher power bill. Though it may be tempting to simply lower the temperature on a thermostat and bear the chilly repercussions, there are several solutions.
Reducing Winter Power Bills
Consider the following ways to reduce your monthly power bill:
- 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 are not 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 are not using. Doing so will allow you to heat the rooms that are in use more efficiently.
Consider Other Sources of Waste on Your Power Bill
There are other small ways that energy can be saved to reduce a power bill year-round. Consider taking shorter showers, fixing leaky taps, using energy-efficient LEDs instead of incandescent light bulbs and unplugging electronics when they are not in use.
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