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Thursday, November 21, 2013
As the temperature drops, energy bills skyrocket. Turning up the heat, decking the halls with holiday lights, as well as many other winter activities can cause gas and electric bills to be much higher than usual in the winter months. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a family spends more than $1,900 a year on electricity bills and other utilities. A big part of those costs come from wasted energy during those cold months.
However, you can save on winter energy costs if you follow these winter energy saving tips:
- Consider using LED lights for festive holiday decorations. These use 90% less energy than standard ones.
- Keep your home warm and comfortable by installing a programmable thermostat for your home’s heating system. This way, you can easily turn it up or down as needed.
- Be energy efficient throughout your home by using power strips to plug in portable heaters, television and cell phone chargers. That way, you can turn off the power switch when the devices are not in use, which saves tons of wasted energy.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
If you haven't already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making an investment for long-term energy savings. For more ways to save energy in the winter check out this article.
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