Winter is here although with the warm days lately it is hard to believe. With cold weather come large heating bills, however hot weather can stretch the budget too.
If you are looking for some ways to help cut back on those expenses, the following tips might be just what you need:
nInstall a programmable thermostat. It can be set to lower the temperature when you are away and have the house warm when you get back. By lowering your thermostat 7-10º for eight hours a day you can save as much as 10% a year.
n45% of energy use is space heating. Use a small efficient space heater to warm the room you use most. That keeps from having to turn up the thermostat and heat the whole house.
nTurn things OFF when you are not in the room. Lights, TV and computer are just examples.
nReplace your light bulbs with CFL bulbs. CFL’s are compact fluorescent lamps. The last about 10 times longer and use ¼ the energy of incandescent bulbs.
nDuring winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south- facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
nThis may sound simple but check to make sure windows and doors are closed tight.
Hope you find some tips from the list to help you with your energy costs. Some of these tips were from the U S Department of Energy. They have a great publication that you can download from their web site, energysavers.gov.