With winter upon us and gas bills rising, many a family has turned to pinching pennies in order to save a bit. No one wants to pay an astronomical gas bill and then get hit with a giant electric bill in the same month.
And while heating your home is rarely optional in the wintertime, you can find a number of ways to lower your electric bill.
There are a number of different energy efficient light bulb options available and they are all great options when compared to traditional bulbs. When compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, energy-efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) can save homeowners a decent chunk of change on electric bills. Some energy efficient light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than their traditional counterparts while having the ability to last up to 20 times longer.
Installing smart switch timers and motion sensors throughout your home will be a one time cost that will save you money for a long time. With these timers and sensors you will never waste energy in your home when people are not in the room. The lights and fans in your home will automatically turn off when individuals exit the room.
Energy Star products are all designed within specific criteria that ensure the appliances save energy. The products range from washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, and so much more. By installing an Energy Star product you will immediately begin to save money on your electric bill.
Set your thermostat to a temperature you know you can afford and then do not change it again. Not matter how cold it gets in the winter and how hot it gets in the summer; you must keep the temperature at one you can afford. Avoid leaving doors open and keep the garage closed as much as possible as well.
By changing and installing new energy efficient furnace filters on a regular basis you will be able to save some money on electric bills. As well, you will improve the air quality throughout your home, which is just as important.
Lastly, installing new window coverings can be a great way to ensure the cold air stays out of your home this winter. New window covers will ensure you don’t waste money heating your home due to air seeping through the window seal.
By focusing your energy saving efforts on a number of small items you can see a big difference in your electric bill. Give the ideas above a try. The little things add up with regards to your electric bill.