Last updated on November 17th, 2021 at 07:33 pm
The holidays are just around the corner. Almost everyone is excited, because after all, who doesn’t like the holiday season? We all enjoy Christmas and New Years Eve, but there’s one thing we don’t enjoy about this time of year– our energy bills going the roof as it gets colder.
It’s estimated that during the colder months, we use our heating and electricity 36% more when compared to summer months. As it gets colder, our bills go up as we scramble to stay warm and keep the house well-lit without the benefit of the longer sunny days helping us out.
So, how can you keep your utility bills lower this winter? Luckily, there are a few easy changes you can make at home so that your bills don’t increase too drastically!
How to Lower Your Utility Bills in Winter
The first change you should make to keep your heating bills low, is to insulate the rooms in your house. There are a few ways to insulate your home, but to keep it simple, we’ll talk about a few select ways to insulate rooms without making any big changes.
Keep Doors Closed: The first one is simple, you can insulate rooms by keeping doors closed. With doors closed, it is a lot easier to stop heat from dissipating. You’ll trap heat in rooms, meaning that your home stays warm for longer.
Install Thermal Blinds: When it comes to heat loss, windows are the biggest threat, since much of your home’s heat is lost to cold from windows. By installing thermal blackout blinds on your windows, you’ll stop cold from leaking in and stop your heat from leaking outside. This means you’ll be able to keep rooms warm for longer.
More Efficient Lighting
During winter, because the days are shorter, you’ll need to use more electricity to keep your house lit up in the evening. This causes higher energy bills as you go from only needing to use lights for an hour or so a day, to needing them on almost constantly.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to keep it light in the evening, but you can look into more energy efficient ways to keep your home lit like:
Power Saving Bulbs: By swapping your lights from old-style filament bulbs, to more eco-friendly power-saving bulbs, you can cut down on your electric bill. Your new lights will need less power to light your home.
Indoor Solar Lights: If you’re looking to cut your electricity use, solar powered lights are helpful. Most days while the sun is out, there’s enough light to power up solar lights, which can then be used in the evening to supplement your home’s lighting without using more electricity.
And there you have it, a few easy and actionable ways to lower your utility bills in winter, by just making a few small changes around your home. While these tips won’t bring your bills down to summertime levels, they should reduce your bills compared to where they were last winter.
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