No matter the time of year, you want to keep your energy costs under control. But as the weather gets colder, this becomes an even bigger concern. Many households struggle during the winter months to find a balance between staying cozy and staying under budget, but we are here to help. Below are tips for keeping your energy costs under control this winter.
If you have a traditional water heater that constantly heats your water rather than heating on demand, you can expect your water heater to consume a lot of energy. While there isn’t a lot you can do here without replacing the water heater, there is one small trick you can use. Check the thermostat and see what it is set to. Most are automatically set to 140 degrees. If yours is, take it down to 120. This will consume less energy while still providing warm water.
Whether electric or gas, using the oven consumes a lot of energy. Instead, cook on smaller surfaces. Stovetop cooking is good, as is crockpot cooking and even using the toaster oven as an alternative. The exception to this would be if you are using the oven to both cook and add needed warmth to your home; if using the oven means skipping the space heater, go for it.
Yes, this does mean coming home to a slightly chilly house, and trips to the bathroom at night will be less than cozy, but this is an excellent way to lower costs. Worried about staying warm at night? Try sleeping in sleeping bags, layering your clothes, and even wearing hoods and mittens. Sure, it isn’t the most fashionable way to sleep, but does it really matter?
Some companies offer discounted rates on electricity used after peak hours (usually after 8pm and ending around 6am). If you company offers this, look into running high-energy appliances after peak hours. Sure, you might need to stay up late to finish the laundry, but it will save you quite a bit of money.