For most Americans, energy bills spike during the winter months. Unless you’re in extremely warm states, you will likely have to turn on that heater to fight the drop in temperature, even if it’s only a slight drop.
You may also be hosting gatherings, coming in and out, and running extra electricity (i.e. Christmas lights!) so it’s natural for your energy consumption to rise.
Luckily, you don’t have to catch yourself paying extra, and there are several ways to be sure you aren’t wasting any energy in your home or business.
How To Save Energy This Winter
- Adjust the Thermostat: If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat, this winter might be the best time. Set your thermostat for just under your “warm” number. Just a few degrees of difference can mean major savings. It’s also helpful to turn it down when you’re away all day at work, so program it to warm up just before you get home.
- Stop the Draft: Encourage your housemates to quickly enter and exit, closing doors behind them as fast as possible. Consider adding storm doors or window shutters to fight the icy winds around you. Check windows and doors for drafts, then repair with new weather-stripping or caulk. You can also buy fabric strips to add to interior doors that will prevent drafts from room-to-room.
- Timers: Set timers on your Christmas lights and electronic decorations. You can buy smart power strips, programmable timers, or just set an alarm each night to remind yourself to turn lights on and off. Leaving them plugged in overnight, while you’re at work, or when you’re on vacation can be a huge drain on your energy.
- Switch to Solar: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean Solar Power Utah can’t come install a highly efficient new solar panel system to your home or business. You’ll immediately begin saving energy, and possibly begin eliminating your bill in 2018.
- Be Kind to Appliances: When we’re hosting holiday parties and baking pies for Christmas Eve dinner, we need to rely on our appliances. But they can be wasting energy, too. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. Use your appliances efficiently and according to directions. Don’t overfill a fridge or freezer, and turn it down a few degrees from the absolute coldest setting to save some energy strain.
You can save on your energy bills this holiday season, and then turn around to use your savings for more exciting things – like presents and treats.