How to save on energy without living in the dark
As the days shorten and temperatures drop, our utility bills are
going to begin to climb. A few small changes can reduce the amount
of energy you use. Here are some tips to help you decrease your
energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.
Put on a sweater and lower you thermostat.
your thermostat for between 65 - 68 degrees during the day and
lower it to 62 degrees while you sleep or are at work. If you have
a programmable thermostat, you can set it up now and not have to
worry about lowering and raising the temperature throughout the
Check the weather stripping around your doors and
. On a windy day, run your hand around the seams of
your windows and doors to see if you feel any drafts. If you do,
pick up weatherstripping at your local hardware store. You can find
self-adhesive weather stripping. You just remove the backing and
put it in place.
Use your blinds to help insulate your home at
When the sun sets, close your blinds to help
insulate your windows. Open your blinds when the sun hits the
windows. The sunshine will provide natural lighting and help heat
Use your ceiling fans.
In the summer, you set
your fans to spin counter-clockwise to pull the hot air up to the
ceiling. On the top of your ceiling fan there is a switch that you
can use to reverse the spin on your ceiling fan which will blow the
hot air down. Here are more tips to help you save
money on utilities in the winter.
Minimize dryer usage
. It may be too cold to
hang laundry outside, but you can put up an indoor clothes line in
your laundry room, bathroom, or basement. When you do use your
dryer, be sure to clean the lint filter each time before running
the dryer. Even a little lint reduces efficiency which means you
have to run the dryer longer.
phantom energy loss
. Instead of leaving idling
electronics plugged in to the wall, plug them into a surge bar.
Before you go to bed or leave for work unplug the surge bar, so
your electronics are not using standby power when they are not in
incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent light
CFL bulbs have really come
down in price over the last few years. Since they draw less energy
and last for years, you can save over $30.00 over the life of the
bulb. As your old incandescent bulbs go out, replace them with CFL
bulbs. Use solar lights outside and put your outdoor and garage
lights on timers that automatically turn off after a preset amount
of minutes, so they don't accidentally get left on all night long.
You can find more tips for saving
money on your electric bill here
Milham shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing
waste in her home at Premeditated Leftovers. She
also shares the latest deals and coupons at Saving in Nevada. Her favorite
hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her