As winter rolls around, the electricity bill will go up - and as a frugal couple, we always try to find ways to keep our cost down ! Here are some tips from Tim Smith for some money saving tips !
Winter is a time for holiday cheer, snowball fights and hot chocolate by the fire. Individuals all over the country look forward to these things every year. What they do not look forward to, however, is a huge electric bill. But a few simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving money this winter.
Choose the Right Decorations
With the holidays here, no one should have to skip putting up lights just because they cannot afford the bill. Choosing LED lights is an excellent choice for decorating. LED lights use 75 percent less electricity than iridescent lighting. Also, remember to shut the lights off every night before going to bed in order to save energy. If you can, set up an outdoor timer to take care of turning the lights on and off every day.
Unplug What is Not Needed
Along with unplugging lights, unplug everything that is not being used or is not needed. Welcome the natural look and try not to use hair dryers or straighteners. Also, once electronics are charged, make sure to unplug them instead of leaving them to charge overnight, and if lamps are not being used, those can be unplugged as well.
Welcome the Sunshine
During the day, people should use the sun to their advantage. Open up the windows to let the light in, this makes it easier to go about the day with the lights turned off.
Use the Cold
Several states in the U.S. reach below freezing during the winter months. Take advantage of this and use the cold as a refrigerator. Unplug that extra freezer in the garage and keep the food outside. It is probably not a good idea to put food in the yard, but putting it in a garage or shed area will be just as cold as the fridge, this way, someone can unplug extra freezers or refrigerators that take up a lot of energy.
Since it is the holidays, a candlelit evening is not only festive, but saves extra money. As often as possible, light candles and enjoy a natural glow during the winter months.
Turn It Down
The thermostat can suck a lot of energy up during the cold season. People need to stay warm and they sacrifice dollars to do so. In order to save some of those dollars, turn the thermostat down when it is not needed. During the night, use extra blankets so the thermostat can be turned down about 10 or 15 degrees. People can even use space heaters in their room so they can turn the thermostat lower during the night. It is also a good idea to turn it down when no one is home.
Winter is not kind to the bills, but even the bills can have holiday spirit, all they need is a little help. So take precautions and enjoy winter blessings. For more energy efficiency ideas check out Modernize.
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