Brrr… feel that chill? It looks as though fall is here, and winter won’t be far behind. For many of us, this is an exciting proposition. Fall and winter mean beautiful sights (first the fall colors, then freshly fallen snow), holiday visits with the family, and memories that leave you all warm and fuzzy inside.
However, the colder months can be a real drain on your budget. After holiday gift-giving, social events, and the cost of heating your home, you may end up feeling less enthusiastic about what songwriters call “the most wonderful time of the year.” But don’t you worry – we’ve got your back! We may not be able to get rid of all those fancy, holiday parties, and we certainly can’t buy your gifts for you, but with a little advice we can help you save money on your electric bill all winter long.
Step Away From The Thermostat
Did you know that the heating the house during the fall and winter can account for 50 percent of your increased electric bill? Avoid the extra cost by programming your thermostat on an energy-efficient winter schedule. Remember this: every degree you lower the temperature amounts to a three percent savings on your home.
According to HomeSelfe, the world’s leading app to save energy in the home, the thermostat should sit around 68 degrees during the day. In the evening hours, the temperature should drop to around 55 degrees, and you should keep this decrease in effect when you’re out of the house (whether at work or on vacation).
Use Your Natural Resources
If 68 degrees isn’t cutting it for you, there is another way to warm up your home that’s completely free: using the sun’s natural heat! During the day, be sure to open all the blinds on the sunny side of your house. As the sunlight streams through the windows, it will warm up each room with natural, cost-free heat that will last long after the sun goes down. Just be sure to shut the windows themselves so that no precious heat can escape.
With the use of tips like these (and the aid of apps like HomeSelfe), you can be sure that you and your family will be warm, cozy, and cost-efficient all winter long. Who knows – with all the savings on your electricity, you might be able to go on a little holiday shopping spree!