Tips to Save Electricity and Money
Keep low temperatures from turning into sky-high bills
As temperatures begin to cool off this fall, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.
Fortunately, the drop in temperatures does not always have to result in energy bills that send a chill down your spine. Check out these tips to help you control your heating and other electric costs this winter.
Treat your HVAC to a checkup
Be sure to have a professional inspect and tune your heating system every year before cold weather arrives, making sure it’s in top working order. It’s time to change your filters, too. These steps may save you money and reduce the chances your unit could fail, leaving you shivering on the coldest Sun-day of the year.
Make insulation your friend
Trying to heat a home with poor insulation is like trying to blow up a balloon with holes in it. Your heating system will work hard and drain more energy to heat your home, only for heat to escape through uninsulated areas. Because heat rises, start by insulating your attic. Check windows, doors, window frames and even the areas where pipes enter your home. Also, use weatherstripping materials to seal any gaps.
Let your water heater and washing machine chill out
Consider turning down your water heater to about 120 degrees. Not only is it safer for children, but it can result in 10% savings on your energy bill. Turn it down even more if you are going out of town for a few days. Doing laundry? Most laundry detergents available today work just as well in cold water. Set your washer to cold and only do full loads for even more savings.
Turn down your thermostat
You could save as much as 3% off your heating bill for every degree you turn down your thermostat. Even better — get a smart thermostat. You can program your smart thermostat to lower the temperature in your home while you are away. Why keep the house toasty when you aren’t even there?
These are just some of many easy hacks that will cost you little to no money while having a positive impact on your winter energy bills. By being prepared, thinking ahead and employing these tricks to conserve energy, you can stay warm and cozy without breaking the bank. And remember — your cooperative has many programs and services to help members save on electricity year-round.