We all want to save money, especially on our energy bills. In fall and winter with higher heating costs it is very important to conserve energy in the home. We have compiled several simple things you and your family can do every day that can help you save money on your heating bills throughout the fall and winter.
Saving Energy with Your Electronic Equipment
Your television, stereo, and any other equipment with external power adapters consume energy even when they are turned off. This is called “Phantom Loads” and according to Wisconsin Focus on Energy, it can account for up to 15% of home energy use! Unplugging “Phantom Load” devices will save money and energy.
Insulate to Save Energy
Insulate wherever you find air leaks along windows or doors. Weather stripping or caulk is an efficient way to stop heat loss. Also, proper insulation in your attic and walls will help keep your home warmer and lower heating costs.
Be Efficient with Your Appliance Use
Appliances can also drain energy. Matching the correct pot or pan size to the burner size on your stove will help your stove from over working and can save money annually. Matching the load size in your dryer to the correct dry time can save up to $34.00 annually.
Turning lights off when they are not needed or using a timer to have them turn on at dusk can save energy and if you are coming home late you won’t be in the dark. This is especially important with those holiday lights. You can also choose LED lights, which are more cost-efficient.
Check Your Heating System’s Efficiency
Simply having your furnace checked and serviced at the beginning of the season can help you save on your energy bills and help avoid mid-winter break-downs.