As the seasons change and fall turns to winter, colder weather means you will want to turn up the heat. Unfortunately, this often results in a more costly electric bill, and with the holidays right around the corner, it’s hard to afford it all.
Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce your expenses. Here is how to save money on your electric bill this winter.
Lower Your Thermostat
The easiest and most straightforward way to reduce your energy consumption is to lower your home’s temperature with the thermostat. However, you don’t have to live in an igloo just to save money. All it takes is a few degrees to increase your overall savings for the season.
Bundle Up With Coats, Socks, and Sweaters
You can also warm up by wearing bulky layers of clothing such as sweaters, long sleeves, and thermal socks. Hats, scarves, and vests are also excellent winter accessories to have at your disposal.
If you feel too cold with a lower indoor temperature, grab a blanket and some comfy pants to keep yourself warm. Invest in a thick blanket for your bed so you can retain body heat while you sleep.
Keep Your Vents and Doors Shut
Some homes have rooms that don’t see much usage during the day. If you have a guest room, home office, storage room, or basement that you don’t use that often, the extra heat that goes into those rooms gets wasted.
By closing the vents and doors of each of those rooms, you can direct the heat back into the rooms you actually use. If guests or someone else wants to stay in one of those rooms, simply open the vents back up to let in the heat. In addition, if you notice a draft in your house, note that what you are feeling is the heat leaving your home.
A typical location where a draft might occur is around your windows and doorframes, so use weather stripping around the perimeter of whichever one is causing the leak. The worst drafts often happen in the parts of a home that are least accessible, such as the attic or basement.
Using a Smart Thermostat To Monitor Temperature
For those who don’t know, smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and allow you to monitor the temperature from anywhere in your home. You can also set your smart thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically at specific points throughout the day to maximize energy efficiency.
Smart thermostats learn your preferences and will create a heating schedule so that you don’t have to think about adjusting the settings. It does all this while saving you money overall, making it one of the best reasons to switch to a smart thermostat.
In short, cutting energy costs doesn’t mean you have to freeze this winter. Now that you know how to save money on your electric bill this winter, it’s time to start saving!