The winter time can take its toll on your energy bills; colder weather means turning up the heat! But, fear not. With these energy-saving tips, you can watch your bills lower, even if by just a little (hey, every little bit helps!).
Just in time for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, here are our favorite energy-saving tips!
On January 10, people around the country will be looking at ways to cut their energy costs by making changes throughout their homes.
Take time on the 10th to evaluate your home and search for ways that you can help to increase your energy efficiency. You can focus on identifying ways to both improve your home for the winter months and all year round!
Started by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, this day is the perfect opportunity for every home to make a possible difference not only in their bills but also for the planet.
There are a few different places you can start to celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. From upgrading your thermostat to lining your windows, here are five of our favorite ways to improve your energy costs:
You’re not always awake and ready to adjust the thermostat as the weather changes. Investing in a programmable thermostat can help to lower your beating and cooling costs by as much as 30%!
To some of you, this might not sound right. However, nearly 1/3 of homeowners have a second refrigerator in their house. Sometimes, people keep their old fridge when they upgrade, but these old ones cost more money to run than the new shiny one you just invested in. Consolidate your things and keep it to one fridge. You’ll be less likely to lose stuff in the back of the freezer this way, too!
A little weather stripping and caulking can go a long way to improving your energy costs. Eliminating drafts will help to control the temperature in your house, keeping you from bumping up the heat over time.
Closing unused vents will help to keep the warm/cool air in the rooms you want to heat/cool. Otherwise, leaving unused vents open would be like opening your windows and doors while the heat or air is on, and we don’t want that!
Our last tip is to invest in that heated blanket you’ve been eyeing up! Some nights, you just need a little extra heat, and these blankets are perfect for just that! Also, home equipment gadgets like a water heater blanket can help to make your appliances more efficient.
For even more ways to save on your energy consumption, check out this post.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.