Winter is notorious for providing homeowners and renters alike with a hefty electricity bill. But, various precautions can be taken to reduce how much you’re paying every month. In our combined 30 years of experience, we have found that the following three ways are the best ways to reduce an electricity bill during the winter:
1. Install a programmable thermostat.
As simple as it sounds, doing so will actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Installing an effective programmable thermostat allows you to set various temperatures for different times of the day. This way, you won’t be pumping excessive heat into your home when nobody’s home during the day or when you’re sleeping at night. Even just lowering your temperature by 10 degrees at night can save you 10-20% on your electricity bill.
2. Replace your furnace filter.
It is so, so, so important to keep your furnace filter clean. Furnace filters are cheap at any grocery store, and replacing them is a very simple task. To find the size of filter you need, pull your old filter out and see what size it is. Replace it with a new filter–and continue to do this every 1-3 months (depending on what type of filter you buy).
3. Unplug Unused Electronics.
Whether you know it or not, your home is filled with electronics that drain energy–computers, TV’s, phone chargers, toasters and microwaves are some of the main culprits. By unplugging even just some of these items when they’re not being used, you reduce your wasted energy significantly. If you don’t like the idea of having to plug or unplug your devices, try using a power strip that you can easily flip on and off. And if you don’t want to plug and unplug your computer, try putting it into hibernate or sleep mode to still save energy.