Need to Reduce Your Utilities Bills? Follow These 4 Tips
Winter is coming, and with snow comes higher heating bills. If your home isn’t ready for the season, you could find your winter to be cold, and expensive.
Winter is coming, and with the snow and ice comes higher heating bills. If your home isn’t ready for the season, you could find your winter to be cold, dark, and expensive.
To avoid this triple whammy, keep reading for helpful tips on how to reduce your utility bills.
1. Energy Efficient Windows
Deciding to replace your old windows with modern, energy-efficient windows is one of the best things you can do to reduce your hydro bill. To the layperson, all windows may look alike. But new technology makes modern windows much better at thermal insulation.
The cold won’t be able to penetrate your home — you don’t need to pay to heat up cold that can’t even enter the home. Energy-efficient windows also keep the heat out during summer, so they reduce your energy bills in all seasons.
Let the light in but keep the cold at bay with new, energy-efficient windows.
2. Wear Warm Clothing
In our comfortable modern lives, many people reflexively look for a technological solution for problems that can be addressed in other ways. Rather than heat your entire home during winter, you can stay warm by simply wearing warm clothes.
You don’t need to throw your space heater into the garbage! But even when you’re indoors, put on some long johns underneath your pants and some warm wool socks.
There’s a Finnish word that defies translation called “hygge” which means, roughly, the very act of being cozy. Warm cozy clothes require cold weather. Dial the thermostat down a degree or two.
Herman Melville talks about snugness in Moby Dick: “We felt very nice and snug, the more so since it was chilly out of doors…because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold.” Melville wasn’t instructing you to turn down the heat in your home to reduce your utility bill, but he would have approved.
3. Turn Off the Lights
Don’t pay for electricity that you’re not using. Rely on sunlight when you can for activities like reading, and be sure to turn the lights off after you leave a room.
It gets dark outside early during winter, so it’s natural to want to brighten things up in your home. Just don’t be wasteful about electricity. You may want to install a dimmer switch. It’s also a good idea to unplug electronic devices when you’re not using them.
4. Take Shorter Showers
Water is a precious commodity, but it’s an expensive one. A warm shower on a cold winter day is invigorating, and, of course, hygiene is important — nobody is suggesting not to shower!
Shorter showers mean smaller electricity bills. When it comes to water conservation, every drop counts.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re motivated by the desire to reduce your carbon footprint or reduce your electricity bill. Follow these four tips, and you will pay less for electricity while still enjoying a toasty winter.