Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill This Winter




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Winter weather means a major hike in energy costs for most. There are steps you can take to make keeping warm less expensive this winter. Below are ten easy, free ways to cut your energy bill expenses.

 

Bundle Up

Wear a sweater, socks and/or slippers inside so that you can turn your thermostat down to the lowest comfortable temperature.

 

Unplug

When electronics aren’t in use, unplug them. Even while these are turned off, they can continue to use energy.

 

Avoid Peak Hours

Save heavy energy tasks like laundry for before 7am and after 10pm. Some areas even charge more money for energy use during peak hours.

 

Run When Full

Only run dishwasher when full and wash full loads to cut down on usage.

 

Take Advantage of Warm Dryers

Dry loads of laundry back to back to take advantage of the already warm dryer. Remember to clean the lint tray before starting each load.

 

Let In Natural Heat

During the day, open curtains and blinds on sun-facing windows to naturally heat the room.

 

Decrease Water Heat

Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120°F.

 

Use Your Fan

Most ceiling fans have a feature that reverses the rotation to keep warm air in.

 

Stay Near The Heat

When cooking, turn off the heat and stay in the kitchen to take advantage of the heat from the oven or stove.

 

By: Alecia Stanton

Single Parents Alliance of America




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