Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your energy bill has to skyrocket. Often the simplest solution can be found around the house or bought cheaply. Not only will you be saving green, you’ll actually be green when you aren’t consuming so much energy.
Tips to save on energy costs:
Replace your filters regularly
Not only will this hack help with the efficiency of your heating unit, but also aid in its longevity. Filters also help minimize the amount of in-home pollutants like pollen, dust mites, dirt and more from circulating through your living space.
Install window insulation film
Window insulation film will help seal off draft-prone windows. While typically regarded as a “winterizing” practice, insulation film is also practical for year-round use. It’s easy to apply, inexpensive and the only piece of equipment you need to apply it is a hair dryer.
Use a programmable thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat is a practical way to control the temperature of your home without breaking the bank. If you keep your thermostat at a lower temperature this winter, especially when you’re not home, you will see a difference in your energy costs.
Slide a draft guard under the door
You know that tiny space between the bottom of your door and the floor? Believe it or not, a lot of heat can escape from there! Buying a draft guard or placing a rolled-up towel at the bottom of your door will keep things toasty on those cold winter days.
Replace your light bulbs
Long-lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs may seem more costly in the moment, but when compared to conventional bulbs, greener CFLs last up to 10 times longer and can pay for themselves in less than nine months.
Wash and dry with more efficiency
Believe it or not your detergent will work just as well in a cold water cycle as it will in a hot water cycle. You’ll save money with every load when you don’t use the energy to heat a washer-full of water. If you really want to commit, air dry your clothes. Otherwise, do back-to-back loads of laundry so your dryer stays warm.