Winter is here, and we have seen frigid temperatures in our area. With these colder temperatures come increased electricity bills. While your winter bills might not be as high as your summer ones, it can still cost you some extra money that you could be saving.

Dim your lights
We are prone to spending more on lighting in our homes in the winter. Since days are shorter, lights are getting turned on earlier for tasks like reading and cooking. Make it a point to turn the lights off every time you are not using a room. Or make the switch to LED light bulbs to reduce your energy usage. Another simple solution is to use task lighting at night; consider using a desk lamp or side table lamps instead of overhead lighting.

Upgrade your thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat will let you customize your heating schedule to save money. You can save up to 10% on your heating bill just by setting your thermostat down a couple of degrees.

Insulate your home
If your home is typically cold, check your insulation. You may need to replace some or all. Investment in insulation in your home will pay off in your monthly electric bill for years to come.

Let the sunshine in
Take advantage of the world’s best furnace—the sun! Open your curtains and blinds in the daytime and let the sun warm your home.

 

These are just a few ways you can avoid a high electric bill this winter. To find more helpful tips and resources, click here.