Summer is long over and we are quickly nearing some fun festivities like Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. which usually are indicator that the winter seasons is in full effect. And what do these seasons bring besides peppermint mochas and holiday gifts? The answer is short days, dark evenings and bigger electricity bills. But it always doesn’t have to be this way, because there are things that you can do to decrease your energy consumption at home and save money. So lets get these energy saving tips rolling and see our electricity bills in the fall and winter shrinking.
Seal It Up
A common reason why people complain about insufficient warmth in their homes even though they still are paying huge heating bills is that they are loosing heat through cracks around their windows. So weatherstrip around your windows to reduce heat loses. That will help to keep your home warmer and use less energy to heat it, therefore it will let you pay less for the energy utilized to keep your house nice and cozy.
Lower the Temperature
Although to some this might seem like a weird tip, since thermostats and heating systems are installed in our homes for the sole reason of keeping us warm, you might want to think about lowering the temperature on your thermostat to around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit or even lower if you are comfortable with your home being a bit cooler. This will let you save on energy, since your heating won’t be blasting all the time, but you will still be living in a home that is comfortably warm.
Let the Sun Warm You Up
Sun is an amazing energy source, because all the best solar lights and solar panels are able to produce a ton of electricity and very bright lighting when the sun is out. The same also goes for heating, because natural sunlight is a great heat source, too. So use it, keep your curtains and blinds open during the day and let the sunshine in. On a sunny day, even if it is cold outside, the sun will warm up your house or apartment and you will be able to turn your thermostat down and save energy on heating.
Switch to LED
You maybe have heard people talking about switching their incandescent and CFL bulbs to LED ones, and for good reason, because LED bulbs consume up to 10 times less electricity, yet provide the same if not better illumination than other types of light bulbs. So exchange all of your light bulbs to LED ones and see your energy consumption dropping. On top of that, also think about getting LED holiday lights instead of ones with incandescent bulbs. A lot of us break out the Christmas lights as soon Halloween is over, and LED holiday lights will make sure that in those two months that they will adorn your home you won’t have huge electricity bills just for the sake of having festive home decor.
Unplug – Not Standby
Did you know that even if you leave electronic on a standby mode, which essentially looks like the devices are tuned off, they still continue to consume quite a lot of electricity? In fact electronics on standby make up even up to 10 percent of your total household electricity load. So start saving on energy and fully turn off and unplug your electronics whenever you are not using them.
Cool the Water
And lastly also make sure that you lower the temperature of your water heater, since water heating racks up around one fifth of all the energy that is consumed within your household. Use the warm not hot setting and adjust the temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This way you will be saving more on energy and also there will be less risk of you scalding your hands by accidentally turning your water faucet to hot.
We would love to hear your tips and tricks of how you save energy during the winter months!
**Arthur Smith has been working in solar and lighting industries for a long time, and now he shares his experience and knowledge on renewable energy, lighting and energy efficiency on his blog LEDwatcher.com.