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How to Save on Your Energy Bill This Winter

As we enter these colder months, and start cranking up the heat in our homes, it’s easy to rack up larger energy bills than you’d like. Here are some easy tips to start saving money on your energy bill.

 

1) Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Using energy-efficient bulbs is an easy way to cut back on energy costs without making a drastic change. CFL and LED bulbs are both energy-efficient options. Of course, it goes without saying that you should still be turning lights off when they’re not in use.

 

2) Use power strips

You probably have a lot of appliances you keep plugged in 24/7, such as a coffee machine, toaster, or even your TV or computer. What you might not know is that these use power even when you’re not using them. These “phantom” devices can be a huge power load over time. Keeping these all these plugged into power strips allows you to easily shut down all phantom devices when not in use.

 

3) Keep air vents open and clear

Blocking your air vents with furniture or décor can prevent hot or cold air from circulating, forcing your central air to work harder to heat or cool a room. This wastes both energy and money! It’s best to avoid placing furniture in front of vents or hanging anything over them.

 

4) Change your refrigerator temperature

There’s a large chance that your refrigerator is using up more energy than it needs to. To maintain food freshness, your refrigerator only needs to be between 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Your freezer only needs to be between -5 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This stores your food properly without using more energy than necessary.

 

5) Seal air leaks around windows and doors

Check for places under doors or windows where you can see light and feel air coming through. This means it’s not properly sealed, and you’re likely wasting energy making up for the leak. Sealing cracks under doors and windows will prevent you from leaking air and leaking money.

 

6) Wait to run your appliances

Wait to run your dishwasher or do a load of laundry until you have a full load, so you don’t waste energy on multiple, smaller loads. Timing when to run your big appliances can save a lot of money in the long run. Additionally, using your major appliances at night is more cost-effective than during the day, as daytime hours are peak energy use hours.

 

7) Maintain your appliances

Maintaining your appliances assures they’re not having to work harder and use more energy than necessary. Cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap, cleaning your air vents and filters regularly, cleaning your dishwasher and all other routine appliance maintenance should be kept up with.

 

8) Get an electricity audit

If you’re truly lost on where your energy is going, look into getting an electricity audit. An electricity audit is when an employee from your electric company comes to your residence and calculates how much energy you’re using, and where in your home. Many electric companies do this for free, and it can help you target exactly where you need to cut back.

For more money saving and budgeting tips, browse our CreditAssociates blog! If these tips aren’t enough for you, and you’re concerned about managing your debt, give our certified Debt Consultants a call. We can review with you your financial situation and possibly save you up to half off your debt, in as little as 24 to 36 months!