We’ve all been in the same position: the temperature starts to drop, and your energy bill starts to rise. What you may not realize though is that those dollar signs also equal unnecessary energy usage! Today, we’re giving some tips on how to keep warm AND environmentally sound throughout this winter.
Step One: Get a Programmable Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends Americans install programmable thermostats, which can be set to automatically turn the heat down when it’s not needed. On their website they indicate that these devices can save between 5-15% on your energy bill each year and that close to half of U.S. homes now have them.
Lowering your thermostat at times when you need less heat (like when you’re asleep at night or out of the house during the day) is called thermostat setback. According to Energy Star, you can save up to $180 per year using this method. It’s important, though, that consumers learn the proper way to control their programmable thermostat.
For a how to on programmable thermostats, we recommend this page of proper use guidelines from Energy Star.
Step Two: Utilize Other Ways of Warming
One great tip on how to save money on heat comes from Good Housekeeping: Rather than heating your entire home to your preferred warmth, single out the rooms that you spend the most time in and put space heaters in those rooms only. By keeping your thermostat at 62 degrees and putting a space heater in your favored room, you can save around $200 a year on your heating bill.
Another alternative to turning up your thermostat is using electric blankets to sleep with. Rather than turning up your thermostat or using a space heater in your bedroom, instead purchase an electric blanket (like this one by Sunbeam, which retails for $92) and use that to stay warm at night.
Staying warm in the winter can be achieved without having to spend a lot of money or use a ton of energy. Instead, try these simple and effective tips to stay warm and environmentally sound throughout the winter. Leave us a comment below and let us know what tips you have for staying warm this winter without using a ton of energy. Did we miss anything?