Tips to reduce electricity bill.
It’s time to prepare for the cold winter months (I’m seriously not excited about this!). The winter months is a time when many households see a rise in electricity costs. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help lower these expenses. Today I am going to share a few ways to help you learn how to save money on electric bill in winter. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.
Do These Tips Really Work?
I get asked a lot if using the tips shared below will actually make a difference in electricity costs.
The short answer: Yes!
Every change that you make with your electricity usage can make a big difference in the amount of money you are paying in your utility bills each week.
According to Energy.gov if you turn your thermostat back (tip #2) by just 7 degrees you can save up to 10% a year on electricity costs! And this is just one of the eight changes you can make.
How To Save Money On Electric Bill In Winter
Here are a few tips to help you save a few bucks this winter. Remember, every little change makes a big difference. So choose one, or eight tips to start implementing into your routine. Let me know if you see any changes in your bills, I would love to hear what helped you!
1. Wear Layers
As the temperatures start cooling it’s time to pull out your long sleeve shirts and warm sweaters. These warmer layers will help you stay warm inside without having to increase the thermostat.
If you find yourself tempted to increase the thermostat, add another layer or blanket instead! I mean, snuggling under a blanket is one of my favorite parts of winter!
2. Lower Your Thermostat
Like mentioned earlier, you can find big savings in your utility bills simply by changing your thermostat setting. Every degree you lower your settings will make a difference, but if you set your thermostat 7 degrees lower than you normally have it and you will see up to 10% extra savings a year!
Another important tip to try is to turn your thermostat even lower when you are sleeping or out of the house. We like to adjust ours to 55 degrees during these times.
3. Use your Blinds/Curtains
Curtains and blinds are more than just a pretty decoration. They are a great way to save money on electric bill in winter.
When the sun is shining open your blinds and curtains to allow the house to heat naturally from the sun. But, be sure to close them once the sun goes down; this gives your home extra insulation from the cooler weather.
4. Change Filters Regularly
Truthfully, when I first became a homeowner I had no idea that my furnace even had a filter in it. It was a mind blowing moment when someone told me my energy bill would decrease if I would change the filter regularly.
We have been consistent with changing it every 3-4 months since then and have noticed a difference in our bills!
5. Caulk Window and Door Cracks
Another important step to saving money on electric bill in winter is to caulk around your windows and doors.
The first thing you will want to do is check around doors and windows for small air leaks. This is easily done by moving your hand around the edges of the window and door to feel for cold air seeping through. Try to check for leaks when your house is warm and the outdoors are extra cold.
When you do find a leak, caulk it well with a sealant, we like this one from Amazon.
6. Keep Vents Uncovered
It’s really important to keep all air vents uncovered to allow the air to circulate freely throughout your home. Check all of the vents in your home to make sure they don’t have any furniture or rugs covering them.
7. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Most people assume that ceiling fans shouldn’t be used during the winter months, but they are actually a great way to save money on the electric bill during winter!
The trick is to set your ceiling fan to spin in reverse by turning it to the clockwise setting. This will push the warm air from the ceiling downward to the ground keeping you feeling much warmer.
8. Avoid Heating Unused Rooms
If a room doesn’t get used regularly, there is no reason to pay money to keep it heated. The best way to accomplish this is to close the vents in rooms that aren’t used often. A guest room, laundry room, and basement storage rooms are all example of places that don’t need to be heated.
You don’t have to pay what you have been paying for your electricity bill anymore! Try implementing a few of these tricks and you just might be surprised about how much money you start to save!
Do you have another suggestion about how to save money on electric bill in Winter? Drop it in the comments below!