It’s cold, it’s going to snow and if we listen closely enough we can hear the electricity meter spinning around like crazy as we try to keep our houses warm during the cold winter. And having shorter daylight hours means that we are using more lights which is also driving up our utility bills. If you are anything like me you are you tired of seeing those utility bills creep up every month.
While it may seem like higher utility bills are inevitable during the winter since we need heat and we need lights, there are some easy ways to lessen the blow of the monthly utility bill.
How to lower your electric bill in 7 easy steps:
- Use glass or ceramic baking pans. These types of pans hold heat in better than metal. You still get great tasting dishes, but can lower your oven temperature by 20-25 degrees. This small change can save you some real $$.
- After your first cup or two of coffee, turn off that coffeemaker. Get an insulated carafe and pour the rest of your coffee into that. You are saving electricity now, and keeping your coffee hot for much longer. Also, no need to use the microwave later to heat up a cup.
- Make sure that any unused outlets in your house get plugged. Just buy the safety outlet plugs and stop cold air from seeping into your house.
- When cooking on the stove, make sure to use lids on your pots. The most important thing to do is fit your pot size to the size of the burner. Using a small burner with a big pot is not efficient and vice-versa.
- Leave room in the front of your refrigerator and freezer to allow for better air circulation. This allows the appliance to work more efficiently, saving energy and reducing costs. Remember to keep your freezer pretty full, though. If you have a lot of empty space, place water in some containers to fill in the gaps.
- Read your washer and laundry detergent instructions. Use the correct amount of laundry detergent in a load so your washer doesn’t have to work so hard. Less work = less energy and more savings.
- Have a fun ‘No Electricity” night. Have a bonfire, or use the fire pit to cook dinner or treats. Use candles or flashlights indoors and have a game night. If you have a fireplace, snuggle up with blankets or sleeping bags and “camp” overnight. On cold nights we often use our wood burning fireplace to warm up the living areas of our house. It is warm and cozy and it keeps the heat from kicking on repeatedly.
You can also call your utility providers and see if they charge less during ‘off peak’ hours. Using energy-sucking appliances during those hours will add to your savings. If you want to make a dent in your utility bills, try some (or all!) of these easy tips.
You are just one step away from making a difference!
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