Many costs go up in the winter and electricity is often one of them. Days are shorter which means the lights are on for longer and clothing is heavier which means it is in the dryer longer. Are there some things that you can do to cut the costs of electricity? You bet there are, here are a few tips to get you started.
Look for the cheapest carrier
You can choose who you get your electricity from. Shop around like you would for any other service. Don’t assume the carrier you have is even competitive, they may not be. This is a small change that can save you a lot of money.
Turn down the temperature on the hot water heater
The temperature of your hot water heater should be 130 degrees. This temperature will allow the water to be safe from disease and is hot enough for anything you need except the dishwasher. In this case, you may be able to heat the water more efficiently in the dishwasher itself.
Water efficient shower head
Hot water is part of a great shower. You want to be warm, get clean and also to use the least amount of water. This saves money on your electric, using less water means less water you have to heat.
Especially if you have electric heat or if any part of your furnace uses electricity, a thermostat that controls your temperature well is important. You set the timer on the thermostat so that when you are not at home, your house will be cooler and also when the family is asleep. You don’t have to be cold in order to save on your electricity, you just have to make sure you limit the usage to when you really need it.
Laundry is one of the biggest energy users in your home. By doing full loads of wash in cold water you can save a lot of money and if you can line-dry at least some of your clothes, that is another big saving.
Make sure that your house is well insulated. You don’t want the heat to escape or make your furnace work harder than necessary. Look for any leaks that you may have at your windows or doors. You can caulk your windows and door and also use plastic window sheets on any window that isn’t triple paned. Also be sure that your hot water heater is insulated, this can really help to keep the heat in the tank.
Since the light bulbs will be burning longer in the winter, it is important to be sure that you use the most efficient bulbs that you can. This is important because of the sheer volume of light that is necessary through the long dark winter months.
Winter is cold and dark and we want our homes to be warm and light. This takes a lot of electricity. By following these simple tips, you can decrease the amount of electricity that you use and save a significant amount of money.