Five quick tips for saving money this winter season!*
Here are a few ideas that may help you save money now that the cold weather is here:
- Turn your thermostat down this winter.
Try going 5° lower during the day, and by 10° to 15° while sleeping or out of the house Just lowering it at night by this much can save around 10% a year on your heating bills.
- Set your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).
That’s as hot as you’re likely to need, even when you shower, and water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.
- Make smart use of your space heater
While space heaters are less efficient than your furnace, they’re actually cheaper to run. Use one to heat the space you’re in and turn your furnace off. A single 1500 watt space heater costs about a dollar an hour to run. If you use it for six hours daily and 16 on weekends that’s just $46 a week, which is almost always cheaper than running a furnace. Be sure to turn the heater off when you’re not present and awake.
- Keep your tires aired up
When temperatures drop in the fall, you gradually lose pressure in your car tires. This can cost you money by increasing the chance of a tire malfunction as well as lowering your gas mileage. So check your tire pressure every couple of months at least, and keep them aired up to what’s recommended in your owner’s manual. It takes just a few minutes but it could prevent higher gas expense, or a blowout, which would be even more expensive, and dangerous to boot.
- Run your ceiling fans this winter
If you run your ceiling fans in a slow clockwise direction it can actually make a room feel warmer. It works by creating a gentle air flow that gets heat that rises to the ceiling down to your level. Using your fans this way can actually raise the temperature at the floor by as much as five degrees! It doesn’t cost much energy, and it could keep you from turning the furnace up because your feet are cold.
*Excerpted from information provided by the Consumer Energy Alliance at http://consumerenergyalliance.org/winter