We’re already into the fall season, and as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. The costs associated with keeping a winter home warm can give you a sense of sticker shock, even if you try to use alternative heat methods. However, there are many small and creative ways you can help cut your energy costs, and many take almost no effort.
At Polam FCU, we’re dedicated to helping our members with financial security and happiness. Here are some simple and innovative ways to keep down your energy costs in the upcoming winter months –
- Take advantage of the sun’s heat. Keeping the curtains of your south-facing windows open during daylight hours will allow sunlight to naturally heat up the rooms in your home. At night, close the curtains to lower the chill you’ll get from cold windows. Using the sun instead of your home’s thermostat will save you money in the end.
- Cut down on your holiday lighting costs. Whether your home has an extravagant Halloween exterior, or a brilliant light display over Christmas, the cost of exterior decor can be astronomical. Use LED string lights to help cut those costs, and look into how they can be effective all over your home.
- Keep your temperature adjusted properly. When you’re awake at home, keep your thermostat as low as comfortably possible. If you move up the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees higher when you’re asleep or out of the house, it can save you around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills. Having a programmable thermostat can make it easier to regulate your temperature without additional stress.
- Turn off the lights (if you’re not using them). Something you may not know is that lighting tends to account for 25 percent of the average electric bill. It’s easy enough to remember to always turn off the lights when leaving a room, and keeping the lights off when it’s sunny and bright in the house. However, switching to LED or CFL bulbs will also make a big difference in your electric bill.
Go unplugged. Another thing many people may not know is that roughly 75 percent of energy consumption comes from home electronics that stay plugged in. All you have to do to save a chunk of change on your next electric bill is unplug anything you don’t need to use, even if it’s just a toaster or coffeemaker.