Monday, February 13, 2017 / 22 Comments
How to Save a Fortune on Your Electric Bill in Winter
Baby It's Cold Outside.
It's Winter and it's cold and chances are your electric bill has already spiked and will for another 6 weeks unless you live in Australia and if you do .....we all want to come and visit you. Soon.
If you are like most of the rest of the world you are trying to not take out a 2nd mortgage when you write the check for your electric bill.
I visited with several friends and we came up with some simple tips to help you cut your electric bill this Winter and still stay warm.
1. Put on more clothing and wear socks. Now I know some of you want to crank it to 85 degrees and wear shorts but be practical here...it's going to cost you a fortune so leave the thermostat at below 72 degrees and put on a pair of sweatpants and a sweatshirt and most importantly .....put on your socks.
2. Open your curtains on sunny days and let the sunshine in. I stay amazed at how many people think if you leave the heavy curtains on the windows in Winter it will keep it warm inside during the day. You need to let the sunshine in during the day and close the heavy curtains when the sun goes down. It will keep your room warmer.
3. Zoned heating. No you don't need a fancy heat and air system you just need to close off rooms you don't use often enough during Winter. Yes you want to separate your kids into different areas but it's much more affordable to move everyone to one room during the day and let them cover up with blankets and make them hot cocoa and let them pile up together at night. Think of it as one on-going slumber party. It works with older kids and adults too. The more bodies in the room the warmer it gets.
4. Put plastic on window. Now some of you live in fancy neighborhoods and I get that it's not possible but some of you can at the very least buy some heavy duty plastic and duct tape in the hardware section of your local discount store and tape the plastic over the windows. This works very well for those of you with older windows.
5. Don't let people turn up your thermostat. That's right- buy a programmable one or put one of those lock boxes over it. I can't tell you how many times I've walked by and someone has jacked the thermostat up 8-10 degrees. That's a lot of money.
6. Get out the caulk gun and caulk. For $5.00 you can fix a lot of drafts around your windows and doors. If you see a crack, seal it.
If it is too big of a crack fill it with that Great Stuff-foam.
7. Put on warm sheets. If you don't own a pair of flannel sheets you need some. You can find a King Size set for as low as $20 at a store like Ross or at JCPenney's during the Jan. White Sale.
Sleeping in warm sheets vs cold make a big difference.
8. Move. Don't just sit around and watch television and play on your phone or computer. Get up and clean and put the kids and other adults to work. Time to clean out those closets, scrub the bathroom, organize the linen closet, sort the toys......you name it get them moving doing it. It will keep their body temp. up and you get a clean house.
9. Buy an electric mattress pad or electric blanket. Now yes I realize the cancer risk but turn it on to warm it up and then jump in the bed and turn it off. It may do the trick.
Doing these or a even a few of these things should help you to lower your electric bill.
Last but not least call your electric company and have your meter checked. There have been cases where the meter was wrong.
If your company allows it see if you can go on an averaging plan so you aren't hit so hard at once.
Here's to saving money,
If you have more ideas please share them in the comments below.