The weather is getting colder and with that comes the rise of our energy bills. Before your next bill comes in the mail, make these changes in your home and to your daily routine to help you keep some money in your pocket.
A well-known fact when trying to save money on your energy bill is to turn down your thermostat. The cold weather causes us to turn up the heat when we really shouldn’t set the heat above 21 degrees. This may seem like simple advice but if you feel a little chilly one night, throw on a pair of socks or a sweater before you turn up the temperature, you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it will make. In addition there’s nothing better than setting a cozy fire and snuggling up to the warmth with a good flick.
Keeping up with regular furnace maintenance will save you big bucks in the long run. From cleaning your ducts and vents to keeping an eye on blower belts and burners, checkups on your furnace will decrease the chance of a potential break down and a surge in your energy bill. Whether you examine the appliance yourself or bring in a professional, keep a close eye on your furnace during the season we use it most.
Did you know that how you load your dishwasher could be hindering your energy bill? When you’re loading plates, utensils, mugs and bowls, make sure you’re properly placing each piece so they are receiving the most efficient wash. The bottom rack should hold the plates, facing in and ensure the utensils are properly placed in the basket, pointing up. Pre-rinse as many dishes as you can and hand wash oversized plates and bowls. When your dishwasher is full, try and avoid turning it on until after 8 p.m. Researchers have found the dishwashers consistently do a better job cleaning your dishes with less water than hand washing.
Not only can small critters sneak into tiny cracks in the doors, windows or walls of your home but also, the warm air in your home can escape, ultimately losing your money. Seal up your windows and doors with an inexpensive expanding foam or weather stripping to keep the warm air in and cold air out. Take the sealing material and place it around windows, doorframes and around the holes in the walls where pipes enter and exit your home. You will be surprised how much warmth you are losing and the cold air you are gaining.
Before you head to bed every night, consider doing a quick walk through your house to make sure that all the lights and appliances are turned off and unplugged. Even when your appliances are turned off, they still draw power. Unplug your coffee maker and switch off your cable box and computer. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, unplug televisions and lamps as well. You’ll save more money than you realize.