Cold weather and short days mean high energy bills for most of us. But, even as you turn up the heat and turn on more lights, you can still find ways to lower your bills while keeping your home cozy.
To lower your winter energy bills, it helps to know where you use energy the most.
According to EnergyStar.gov, the typical home spends 29 percent of its yearly energy costs on heating, 14 percent on heating water, 13 percent on appliance usage, 12 percent on lighting and the remainder on such things as cooling and electronics.
With the following tips, you can help to lower your energy use – and costs – in each of these four key areas this winter:
Nearly a third of the average energy bill goes to heating. So make sure your warm air is circulating from room to room and isn’t escaping the house.
We know you need hot showers. And you also need to do laundry and wash the dishes. But heating all that water takes a lot of energy.
First things first, appliances with the Energy Star label can help you save on your utility bills. But using any appliance efficiently may help to curb your energy spending.
When the days are short, you’re naturally going to spend more on lighting. The trick to saving on your energy bills is using the right bulbs.
There are plenty of things you can do to lower your energy bills so you’re not sending a big check to the power company every month. Find the ways that work for you and watch the savings add up.
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