<img style="margin: 5px; width: 140px; height: 200px; float: left;" alt="bigstock-Saving-Money-8173913.png" src="” />Old man winter’s icy fingers can cause higher electric bills as people strive to keep their homes cozy and warm. There are ways, though, to keep your electric usage down even on the coldest of winter days.
Here are our top twelve picks for how to reduce your wintertime electric bill.
1. Add insulation to your attic space. People wear hats to keep their body warmth from escaping out their head. The same principle applies to your home. Adding the proper amount of insulation to your attic ensures that the whole house will be warmer.
2. Be ruthless about turning off the lights when you leave a room. Artificial lighting accounts for approximately 15% of a home’s electricity use. Turning off the lights on a consistent basis will definitely have a positive effect on reducing your electric bill.
3. Use CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs which are about 75% more energy efficient and last 6 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Over the lifetime of the bulb you should expect to save $40.
4. Turn off your computer at night. A recent study by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy found that organizations in the United States could save $2.8 billion dollars a year in energy costs by turning computers off overnight. If that is true for companies, image what a difference that could make for you, the consumer.
5. Replace older appliances with updated models that have energy efficient features.
6. Install a programmable thermostat. It will reduce the temperature when you are not home or sleeping and raise it just before you return home. If a programmable thermostat is outside of your budget, you can manually set the thermostat back when you leave and raise it when you return home. Adjusting the thermostat as shown, is reported to cut your energy bill by 10 – 20%.
7. Change your furnace filter every 2-3 months. A clogged filter means that the furnace has to work much harder to heat your home.
8. Check for drafts in windows and doors by attaching a string to a ribbon or feather and then seeing if it moves when placed in proximity to the window or door. Remedy the situation with weather stripping or caulking.
9. Use one lamp with a higher wattage light bulb rather than two lower wattage bulbs in separate lamps. (Caveat ~ Make sure to follow the suggested maximum wattage for the lamp. Putting a higher wattage bulb than recommended will create a fire hazard.)
10. Vacuum the coils of your refrigerator every so often. This will help the condenser to work more efficiently.
11. Keep your thermostat at or below 68 degrees. For every degree of temperature change you are saving 5%. If that seems a little bit nippy, add layers until you are comfortable.
12. If you have a ceiling fan, reverse the air flow so that it is pushing the air down. This will keep the warm air flowing back to you, making the room feel warmer.
As always, you can look to the Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Agency for Trusted Advice ~ Reliable Solutions. Stay warm!