WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
The cost of using gas and electricity has also gone up with inflation on the rise. About a year ago, I was shocked when our combined utility bill was over $1,000. The worst part is, it was that high for the next two months. With a few adjustments and mindful habits, we made some changes, and our bills are significantly lower this winter. We only did a handful of these suggested tips but here are 12 practical tips to help you save on utility bills during the winter months.
CHECK YOUR BILLS AND LOOK FOR A BETTER RATE.
I thought my bill was high just because of the increase in gas and power, however, I had locked us into a really bad variable rate and didn’t realize it. You should check your bill and compare your rate to other providers. It might be time to switch.
SEAL DRAFTS AND INSULATE.
Check for drafts around windows, doors, and any other openings. Seal gaps with weatherstripping or caulking.Ensure proper insulation in your attic, walls, and floors to prevent heat from escaping.
UPGRADE TO A SMART THERMOSTAT.
Invest in a smart thermostat to optimize your heating schedule. Program it to lower the temperature when you’re away or asleep and raise it when you’re home. Take advantage of the thermostat’s app to control your heating system remotely.
MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEM.
Schedule regular maintenance for your furnace or boiler to ensure it operates efficiently. Replace air filters monthly during the heating season to keep your system running smoothly.
KEEP YOUR HEATED GARAGE TEMPERATURE LOWER.
If you have a heated garage, I know you love it and are thankful for it. But keeping it at 15-18 degrees will increase your gas usage and your bill. Keeping it low, around 10 degrees, is cool, but not going to shock you like the -40 outside. It also won’t shock you on your gas bill either.
ADD INSULATION IN YOUR ATTIC.
Insulation acts as a barrier that slows down the transfer of heat. In the winter, when you’re heating your home, insulation helps to prevent warm air from escaping through the attic. In the summer, insulation works in reverse by preventing the transfer of outdoor heat into your living spaces. Check your local hardware store and see if you can rent a machine to blow insulation. I had never done it before and it was actually quite fun doing it.
UTILIZE NATURAL SUNLIGHT
Open curtains during the day to let in natural sunlight, which can help warm your home without using extra energy. Close curtains at night to provide an extra layer of insulation.
BUDLE UP AND LOWER THERMOSTAT SETTINGS.
Do you know what is cheaper than a $1,000 utility bill? A sweater! Wear warm clothing and use blankets to stay cozy. Lower your thermostat a few degrees and adjust your clothing accordingly. Consider investing in warm, energy-efficient clothing like thermal socks and sweaters.
UPGRADE TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS.
If possible, invest in energy-efficient windows that provide better insulation and reduce heat loss. Consider using window coverings, such as thermal curtains, to add an extra layer of insulation. Shop around and see what deals or financing options there are. Check and see if you are eligible for any government rebates.
INSTALL DOOR SWEEPS.
Place door sweeps at the bottom of exterior doors to prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping.
OPTIMIZE FIREPLACE USE.
Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use to prevent warm air from escaping. Use the fireplace strategically, as it can be both a source of heat and a potential energy waster. We love using our wood-burning fireplace. Keeps the house cozy and warm.
UNPLUG ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES.
Unplug electronic devices and chargers when not in use, as they can continue to consume energy even in standby mode. Consider using smart power strips to easily disconnect multiple devices at once.
By implementing these energy-saving tips, you can enjoy a warm and comfortable winter while keeping utility bills in check. Remember, small changes can lead to significant savings over time, benefitting both your wallet and the environment. Stay warm and energy-conscious this winter season!