It's that time of year when you seem to be spending more money on just about everything – even on your utility bills! To keep your bills lower this winter, check out these simple tips to keep more cash in your pocket this season.
Seal Off Rooms Not In Use
When you're not using an extra room, or if you don't use the room often, keep the doors closed, windows blocked with heavy curtains and CLOSE THE VENTS. Many people forget that last part, but it makes lots of sense. Why would you heat a room no one is occupying? That's just a waste of money.
You should also check the windows in each room and make sure they are sealed properly. Every year Americans lose thousands of dollars to windows and doors that allow air to escape.
It may cost some money to [simpleazon-link asin=”B00002NCJI” locale=”us”]seal off the windows[/simpleazon-link] and doors properly, but it will save you lots of money in the long run, even in the summer when you may be losing cool air through the same leaks!
Replace Light Bulbs
This may also seem like a no-brainer, but many people are still using those old inefficient light bulbs they had a year ago simply because they haven't burned out. It doesn't matter if they're still working – they're sucking energy and money out of your pocket! Replace them now with more [simpleazon-link asin=”B004BLDD9Y” locale=”us”]efficient light bulbs[/simpleazon-link].
Before spending money on more energy efficient bulbs yourself, check with your local electric department to see if they offer a swap program. Even if they don't have bulbs available, you will see the money you spend on new energy efficient bulbs back within two months, and not just on winter bills. This is a savings trick that transcends seasons.
Lower Your Thermostat
Yes, it's cold outside, but it doesn't have to feel like a sauna inside. Instead of cranking up the heat, wear more clothing, put on a thick robe, wear socks or invest in a [simpleazon-link asin=”B003DSG4OW” locale=”us”]cozy pair of slippers[/simpleazon-link] and lower the thermostat to around 70 degrees (or lower, if you can stand it).
This simple change will help keep your bills even throughout the year. Of course, you can raise it if you have guests over so you don't make them uncomfortable with the temperature or with seeing you in your fuzzy bunny slippers!