Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr 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.