Electric bill costs are skyrocketing and winter is the worst for that. Heating costs are outrageous and the make your electric bill higher in the winter than at any other time of year. That’s why you should take steps now to prevent your electric bill from being as high as it has been in the past.
What can you do to minimize the costs? You can do many things, some of them year round. You can make a special effort to not use any more electric than you need. Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Turn televisions off when you aren’t actively watching them. Use lower watt bulbs, or even better, the new energy-efficient ones. When you shop for appliances, be sure to purchase the energy star ones, that are recognized for using less electric.
Also, try washing your clothes in cold water, which takes less electric. Make sure you are running full loads of laundry. A little known fact is that electric is cheaper at night. I try to start my dishwasher when I go to bed and do laundry early in the morning. It varies from company to company, but I know in our area the cheaper time is from 9 pm to 7 am. Take advantage of those reduced rate times.
There are other things that are specific to winter you can do to lower your electric bill. The easiest step is to turn the thermostat down a few degrees during the day and a little more at night. Did you know we tend to sleep better when our thermostat is set no higher than 68 degrees? It’s true. Try it and see. If you are going to be gone more than a few hours, it is worth turning the heat down a few more degrees to save money. If you’re having a problem with your thermostat, then you can have a nearby electrical company inspect it. Then, ask them if you need electrical rewiring as this can increase your bill if not taken care of. Check out services like electrical wiring & rewiring in Green Bay, WI to get an idea.
Block out the wind. First of all, make sure your house is insulated well and if it isn’t, take care of that promptly. Feel around your windows and doors for a draft. If you can feel one, the area needs attention immediately.
With these tips, you will quickly notice a drop in your electric bill.