These quick and easy tips to help you save money on energy were inspired by a sponsorship from Choose Energy.
What do fans, plastic, motion sensors, laptops and shopping have in common? Right! They can save you money on your energy bill this winter. I’ve got 5 easy and low cost ways to get it done that you might not have thought about.
One of the easiest ways to save money is to reduce the utility bills. If you live in an area that gets very cold these tips are for you!
5 Easy Ways to Save on Energy this Winter
1. Run Your Ceiling Fan
This might sound counter productive, but running your ceiling fan in reverse can cut your heating costs by 10%! Most fans have a handy switch and will change the direction from counter clockwise to clockwise. This pushes the hot air that rises back down into the living space.
2. Turn it Down
If you haven’t already, turn down your water heater to 120 degrees or lower. This saves you up to 10%, and can also save your children from accidental scalding. Save even more by covering your water heater with an insulating blanket and increasing its efficiency.
What else can you turn down? Your thermostat! Buy some long johns for the family and wear a cozy sweater. Drink some hot cocoa! You can save 1% for every degree you lower it.
3. Drafts are a Drag
They’ll lose up to 30% of your energy! Stop them with draft guards, weatherstip tape and blackout curtains. To prevent drafts through windows, use a plastic insulation kit that creates an invisible barrier to help your home hold heat in.
You can even use decor to keep your home draft free. Sew your own decorative draft snake that goes at the foot of the door. How about buying some hay bales to put on the outside of your home by the foundation to insulate, keep your floors warmer and create a country look?
4. Turn it Off
It seems like common sense, but many people forget to turn off the lights when they’re not using them. And make sure you’re using CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) for efficiency. Both of these things will save you a significant amount. Better yet, install motion sensors for lights in outdoor areas and the garage. Besides saving energy, they also increase security.
There’s something more that you should turn off every night. You’re probably on it right now. It’s your computer. While you’re sleeping, your computer is costing you about $90 a year!
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How do you save money on energy during the winter?
Lisa Nelson says
Very very nice tips Janine. I love the idea of sewing the snake sock. It’s so easy to have drafty doors. We actually have replaced all of our doors, simply because of that. Windows is another culprit.
Thanks for sharing this. I am going to pin to to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop Pinterest board!
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Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above says
These are great suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
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Insulation Industries Warehouse says
We decided to insulate our house last summer, and this is my best solution for saving energy during the season. We don’t have to use heater inside the house. The insulation does that. I am expecting of the same way during summer as well. I really hope so.
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Insulation Warehouse says
When winter comes, it can be terrifying if your house is not prepared. But when its properly insulated, you won’t have a problem about it. Also, insulating is one thing that will help you save money and energy. Always keep your house ready for any circumstances that may occur, so that you won’t panic if ever winter hits you.
Insulation Machine Blowers says
Saving energy is what we practice in our home. And it’s not that really easy to maintain one. Thank goodness I am able to see and read your post regarding it. You gave us a lot of ideas and tips. Thanks!
Americas Generators says
Everyday, we should think of the possible ways to save energy and save money at the same time. And yes, there are many solutions here on the web that we should consider and thanks to your post because you’ve shared a real helpful tips.
great tips! thanks, but it’s not easy to maintain all of those.
Mia Evans says
It really helped when you said that insulating the water heater with a blanket will increase its efficiency. I will surely buy one for our home so that we can save money somehow. This tip is perfect for single mothers like me who need to budget their money well among bills and other needs.
Purvi Singh says
Its really worth too read.. Keep posting.
Thermopore sheets says
Very good write-up. Really love to read this article. Thanks for sharing great information.
You are that person who provides us the honest and perfect information .Yes its really helpful and we need to follow these tips. again thank you.