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Tips To Save On Your Electric Bill This Winter
Wintertime is known for its cold weather, icy roads, and increase in electricity bills. Below are a few ways that you can reduce your energy usage in order to save some money and be more efficient.
1. Appliances That Use Energy
Chances are that you keep your appliances plugged in year-round so that you don’t have to hassle with plugging and unplugging them with each use. These appliances may include kitchen items such as the toaster, a mixer, or even around-the-house electronics such as stereos, TVs, and even a computer. Did you know that all of these items still draw power even when plugged in but not in use?
Getting in the habit of keeping only your main appliances turned on and plugged in such as your refrigerator (this is a given) and the stove can help reduce your electric bill.
2. Meal Prep
Have you ever thought about meal-prepping? Not only can cooking in larger batches, or cooking multiple meals at once help save on electricity, but it can also decrease your food bill each month. Not to mention that each time your stove/oven is used, it draws energy (unless you own a gas stove). To use less energy, use a microwave or toaster oven for smaller meals that require less attention.
If you do find yourself using your stove, leave it cracked open just a bit once you’re finished cooking so that you can use the excess heat to warm your home (keep little ones in mind and only do this if there isn’t a risk of someone burning themselves)!
Keep in mind that meals using sauces (for spaghetti) or seasonal soups are easy to freeze and take out for later consumption.
Have you considered using Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)? They cost slightly more than your average bulb (roughly $1.50-$3 more per bulb), but they’ve been tested and proven to last 10x longer and even use 75% less electricity.
Other ways you can save is to turn off lights (or even unplug them) when they aren’t in use when you leave the room or have enough daylight to get by with your current tasks.
When the season of winter approaches, it’s easy to notice the uncomfortable frigid temperatures. The decrease in temperature implies that your heating systems will run more frequently and for longer durations which drastically increases your energy usage (somewhere between 40-60% of your winter bill). Electricity bills tend to be more expensive between October-January.
A few ways to save money is by keeping your thermostat set at a consistent temperature. It uses more energy to warm your house up if you are constantly messing with the thermostat versus setting a base temp (such as 68 degrees).
To keep from getting uncomfortable, wear extra layers around the house such as fuzzy socks and a big sweatshirt.
5. Water Usage
If you’re using hot water on a regular basis (think- showers, dishwasher, laundry, and washing your hands) then you’re spending more money on not only heating the water but by using the electricity that the appliance uses as well.
Get in the habit of only running the dishwasher when it’s full, taking quicker showers, reducing the number of baths you may be taking, and even washing your clothes in cold water.
Not only will utilizing these tips help reduce your electric bill, but it can also help the environment as well. Clean water takes a lot of time, energy, and even money to filter so that it’s safe to consume and interact with. Let’s work together to be more mindful of our water usage so that we can better respect the intensive process it takes for us to receive it.
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