Save Some Green: 5 Ways To Lower Your Electricity Bill This Winter
With winter weather on the way and nights getting cooler quicker, we wanted to share a few tips on how to prep your home for seasonal changes on the horizon.
Not only does our energy consumption go up, but our energy bills can also. Here are 5 easy ways to save some green (energy) this winter:
1. Close doors, windows and plan a drafts, leaks and chilly spots scavenger hunt.
Your mom wasn't being dramatic every time she yelled 'close the door you're letting all the heat out.' Heat travels fast, through a lot more than an open door. One way to do search for indoor leaks is with an infrared thermometer. It can show you any cool areas in windows, walls and ceilings that need plugging up before the cool weather rolls in this year. Use a caulk or weatherstripping item to seal them completely.
Common indoor draft areas include:
Utility cut-throughs for pipes
Chimneys and fireplaces
Doors and window frames
Unfinished or unsealed spaces behind cupboards and closets
2. Keep your ceiling fans going, just switch the direction.
Did you know ceiling fans are dual-season? We won't get all sciencey with why...but turns out if you switch the rotation in the winter, it helps circulate warm area up and cold air down.
It’s all about the motion of the blades. Counter-clockwise in the summer to bring warm air up, clockwise on a low setting in the cooler months to push warm air back down. Here's a video on how and why this energy-saving method works all year long to help circulate air. It's also a lot healthier to breathe in air that's been moving, instead of stagnant.
3. Cut the vampire power load, it's costing you.
According to Energy Star, the average U.S. household spends more than $100 each year to power devices that are turned off. Nationally, this vampire (also known as phantom load or standby) power accounts for more than 100 billion kWh and more than $10 billion in energy costs each year.
A joint study between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several other environmental agencies around the globe put that price at a full 10% of your monthly energy bill!
Items that you pay to power...even when they're off:
TVs, VCRs, DVD players and DVRs
Cell phone chargers (and any other battery chargers)
Computers and printers
Any device with a remote control
Any device with a clock, remote control or that is programmable
Here are ways you can cut the cord on your phantom power load.
4. Be Tight With The Thermostate
#ProTip: To be truly energy-efficient keep your thermostat lower in the cool months and higher in the warm months and use natural ways to cool during the in-between seasons.
But just how cold should you really be in the winter? It's really a personal preferance but the lower you go the more you save. A mild 73 degrees is what we recommend but again, it's all about how low you're willing to go to save some green.
#FunFact Turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours can save around 10% a year on your electric bill.
5. Invest in a solar panel system
You know we had to! The best investment in truly going eco-friendly while saving money is with a solar energy system. This year is the best time to go solar, and 2021 is the last year to take advantage of the federal tax incentives.
Contact one of our Solaris Water & Solar Solution Representatives today for more info on how easy and affordable it is to switch to solar energy in El Paso, TX.