10 Quick tips to avoid high winter bills
Looking to lower your bills this winter? Use the 10 tips below to conserve energy.
- Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
- Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Lower your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
- Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you’re away.
- Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
- Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
- Use power strips for multiple appliances and turn off the main switch when you’re away from home.
- Wash clothes in cold water and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which
use at least 75 percent less energy.