As the snow clouds gather and the temperature drops, something else might be on the rise — your electricity bill. When you rent a home or apartment in a colder climate, keeping your power costs down in the winter can be challenging. You want to stay comfortable, but you don’t want to break the bank by running your furnace all winter long. What can you do to keep your bill at a reasonable level without sacrificing your comfort? Try these easy tips.
Electric heaters can be more efficient for warming individual rooms than your central heating system. Use these in rooms you’re occupying for an easy way to make a space warm and toasty. However, never sleep with a space heater on or leave one unattended — it poses a fire risk. If you do want to use your furnace, close vents in rooms that don’t need warm air or don’t require heating immediately. This can help conserve energy and force more warm air into the spaces that need it most.
Do you really need hot water coming out of the tap at high temperatures? In a cooler home, lower temperatures in the shower feel just as comfortable and cleansing. Reduce your water heater temperature to a lower level in the winter. This can help you save a substantial portion of money during this time of the year.
Many households experience a double whammy in the winter with increased heating costs plus illuminated holiday decorations. Reduce the impact of seasonal cheer on your utility bill by switching to energy-efficient models. LED lights, for example, offer just as much vibrant colored light as traditional bulbs at a fraction of the power cost.
Used together, these three tips can help you enjoy the season without sacrificing your checkbook.