Winter can be expensive, especially with heat bills! Try using some of the following ideas to lower your gas / electric expenses and save money for the holidays! 1. Turn off your lights when leaving a room. This is a well known fact, yet people tend to have a hard time doing it. I know I do! Try to make a conscious effort to turn off those pesky lights when you leave a room. 2. Use a programmable thermostat. Using an automatic thermostat can really regulate the heat used in your home. You can set these to make it colder in the house at times when it wont bother you, such as when you are sleeping or not in the house. The nicest part about this feature is you wont even have to think twice about it! 3. Use compact flourescent (CFL) light bulbs. Although these cost more at the time of purchase, they will save you energy over time and knock off some of that bill. They also last much longer so you will not have to buy them as often. 4. Turn off computer monitors and TVs when not in use. It is common practice for many people to leave their TVs and computer monitors on everyday, all day long. Monitors especially, for those of us that keep their computers turned all day and night, are a waste of energy. Try turning these two off when you are finished using them. It takes large amounts of energy to keep these running and can lower your bills a substantial amount by just remembering to click these off. 5. Get new windows or tape them up. Depending on how old your windows are, and their quality, you may find that you are losing valuable heat via your windows! Try either replacing these if you have the money, or taping them up in the winter to keep the heat in where it belongs. 6. Insulate your home. If you have a poorly insulated home, you may find having someone come in to install insulation can save a lot of money over time. This can dramatically decrease your heat bill and will make the money back in no time.

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2 Comments

  1. Kristina

    November 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Love the ideas Kelel!
    Another one I heard on the radio the other day was to unplug everything in your home that is not being used. For instance, coffee pots. Unless you are in dire need of the clock that is displayed on it, your coffee pot doesn’t need to be plugged in all day and night until you use it in the morning to get yourself wired up for another day. Another example is the iron… (of which I hope all of us Gen Y’ers have learned how to use and actually implement by now. It’s really not that difficult, I promise. Plus I’m sure you will have better chances finding or keeping a job, or even a special someone =)) …unplug it when you are done using it! Simple things like those, even if they are powered off or in stand-by mode still draw energy. Although it might seem like it can’t be that much, every penny counts these days!

  2. Anne

    December 3, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Good Ideas! I always forget to unplug things I am not using. I’m going to have to start being more aware of that. Another idea is to buy energy star products. Energy Star products use 10 to 50% less energy and water than standard models. Sometimes they are more expensive but the money you will save in electricity is more than worth it! To learn more about it just go to energystar.gov. Gotta love saving money!

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