While some may welcome the winter months with open arms, here at Caddle we know our budget-conscious readers may be wary of the cold weather. But, believe it or not cold weather doesn’t have to rack up your electricity bill! There are so many simple ways to reduce high expenses on your heating and energy bill this season, most of which require little effort on your part. Saving energy and saving resources during the coldest months will save you money in the long run! If you’re looking for ways to save some bucks on your bills this winter season, check out our awesome and easy winter energy saving tips below!
The easiest way to avoid high expenses is to keep your thermostat on low. Bundle up in warm sweaters, fuzzy socks and cozy blankets to keep you feeling toasty when the weather outside gets cold! To trap in heat and keep your house feeling warm, use large area rugs to keep tile and hardwood floors warm.
House Maintenance Check-Ups
Use the beginning of the winter season as a chance to catch up on your maintenance tasks around the house. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, vacuum your refrigerator coils, check the seals and change your water filters. Ensuring all the small things around your home are working in perfect condition will save you on any surprise costs halfway through the season and will also save you money on your energy bills at the end of each month!
Use a programmable thermostat
Reduce wasting heat this season by getting a programmable thermostat. This is an extremely useful gadget that will save you a lot of money this winter. Program your thermostat to reduce heat at specific times of the day, such as during work hours when you are away from your home. Then, program the thermostat to slowly increase the amount of heat circulating around your house so it is nice and warm by the time you get home! Invest in timers, motion sensors and light dimmers for anything that may cost you during the cold months. Having your thermostat, outdoor lights and even your furnace on a programmed schedule will ensure you will only pay for these energy-suckers when you are actually using them!
Take Special Care of your FurnaceYour furnace is your best friend during the winter months! The most important thing you can do for yourself (and your energy bill) is take excellent care of it. Take a trip to your basement before the weather gets really bad and switch out the furnace filter-- the key to a warm house is a clean filter! Opt for a programmable furnace to alert you when your filter needs to be replaced.
Cover Up the Windows
The biggest source of wasted heat during the winter season, are your windows! Trap in the heat by covering your windows and patio doors with clear plastic film. Inexpensive and easy to put on and remove, this DIY plastic film wrap will do the most to save you monthly expenses on your heating bill! To ensure your house has enough insulation consider retouching any cracks in the caulking of your home to get rid of uncomfortable drafts and ultimately save you money overall.
Use LED Holiday Lights
Don’t let the fear of high expenses keep you from getting in on the fun of the holiday season! If your last year’s bill on Christmas lights racked up your monthly costs, try switching to LED holiday lights instead! LED lights are typically 70% more efficient than traditional incandescent Christmas lights and actually last up to 25% longer, saving you loads of money!
Download the Caddle app and visit our website for discounts and special offers on all of your energy saving needs this winter. Take advantage of our Cash Back Offers and weekly saving tips to help you stay warm and on budget this season!
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