26 Oct Six Tips on How to Cut Down Energy Costs This Winter
Winter is coming. And so is your heating bill.
Earlier this month we got our first taste of winter, and with that came turning on seat heaters, cranking up thermostats, and dusting off fireplaces. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills—with nearly half of that paying for heating and cooling. Winter holidays already have us reaching for our wallets, so today we wanted to offer some energy tips on simple ways you can save money during the cold months.
1. Adjust the Thermostat at Night
It’s time to break out the flannel sheets. Sleeping with your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler at night can save you 10 percent per year on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats are a great way to manage this as you can set them to adjust once you’ve already fallen asleep. Also, make sure you turn off your heater when you head out for the day so as not to waste money heating a house no one is in.
2. Only Heat Rooms You Use
While it may sound counterproductive to buy something when you’re trying to find out how to save money, consider investing in a space heater. Unlike your central HVAC system, which is meant to heat and cool large areas of your home, a space heater will only warm the room in which it’s located. With this, you can avoid having to pay to heat rooms that often go unused on a daily basis, such as a guest room or dining room, and instead heat only the areas in which you spend the most time.
3. Bundle Up Around the House
At the risk of stating the obvious, bundle up when you’re just hanging out at home. Put off having to immediately crank the heat when you walk through the door by staying in warm sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, scarves, etc. They’re both cozy and functional! Keep throw blankets on your couch to snuggle up with and wear socks to protect yourself from cold, hard floors.
4. Keep Bedroom Doors Closed
Whether you’re at home or out for the day, keep inside doors closed to trap heat within the rooms. When doors are open, you’re allowing the heat to escape and thus requiring more energy to keep the room at a comfortable temperature. You can also stuff a thick towel underneath the door to prevent the heat from sneaking out.
5. Don’t Turn Your Heater On and Off
It is far better to have your heater on at a steady, low temperature for an extended period of time than to constantly be turning it on and off for short spurts. The heater uses a lot of energy when it is initially turned on to warm up, and this can end up wasting more money than leaving it on.
6. Keep Your Curtains Open During the Day and Closed at Night
Even when it’s freezing outside, the sun still gives off heat. Keep curtains drawn on windows that face the sun during the day to allow the sun to provide even a little bit of natural warmth. Conversely, though, you’ll want to make sure curtains are drawn at night to keep out drafts and help further insulate rooms.
Beyond these simple tips, there’s one sure fire way to save money: switching to Zenergy Power & Gas. Aside from our competitive prices, our flagship Zero Cost Program allows customers to get new, energy-efficient appliances installed in your home or business at no cost up front. Additionally, we converge energy offerings with smart home and building automation, further providing our customers with savings. Not only will this save you money during the Winter months, but year-round as well, while also reducing your carbon footprint. To learn more and switch to Zenergy today, visit zenergypowrgas.com.