Let’s face it: this time of year can be tough. It’s the dead of winter, but your energy bills are far from flat-lining. Fortunately your friends at BlueRock have plenty of tips to help. Besides locking in a fixed price on your gas and electric from us, there are many simple steps you can take to keep your energy costs lower.
This one’s easy – unplug appliances if you aren’t using them. This can include anything from televisions, DVD players and video game consoles to microwaves, coffeemakers and cell phone chargers. Even unplugging your washing machine and dryer can be a great way to save. You may also want to invest in power strips, which allow multiple devices to be unplugged with the flip of a switch.
Did you know you can save up to 15% per year on your energy bill by turning your thermostat down to 56 degrees when you leave the house for the day? And, after investing in some cozy flannel sheets and a warm comforter, you can save up to 10% on energy by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees at night.
Also, try turning down your hot water heater. Most are set to 140 degrees, but reducing it to 120 degrees uses less energy and doesn’t usually make a noticeable difference. If it’s too cool, you can always raise it a little higher – just try to keep it below 140 degrees.
Hold in the Heat
The more heat your home retains, the less you spend on energy – so make sure that your home is properly insulated and all windows and doors are well sealed. Covering your bare floors with rugs and carpets is a quick and easy way to hold heat in, as well. And while you can leave curtains open during the day to allow the sun to warm your house, make sure you close them at night to keep the cold out.
Sometimes saving money is as simple as keeping your system in top shape. Make sure your furnace and dryer vents are clean, allowing air to flow easily. And check to see that your heating vents are unblocked, because vents that are obstructed by furniture or other items can use up to 25% more energy.
It can be smart to trust the professionals, too. To keep your heating system running as efficiently as possible, you may want to have a heating and cooling expert come to your home, check your system, change filters and offer a professional opinion.
With just a few small changes, the next few months can be more comfortable for both you and your budget. So don’t wait until next winter to start saving – implement these tips today to keep costs lower, spirits higher and your house warmer.