7 Ways to Save Money on Your Electricity Bills
Updated: a day ago
We are deep in the thick of winter here in the Orlando area, which means the weather is cold and we are more and more reliant on our electric heating systems to keep our homes warm and comfortable.
It also means our electric bill is increasing.
While it is never cheap to pay to heat your house, there are ways to save a little on your electric bill. These tips will come in handy so that you can turn your heat on without the fear of skyrocketing utility bills.
Here are our top 7 ways to save on your electricity bills:
1. Keep Doors Closed
If you frequent one or two rooms more than others during the day, try to keep the door closed to all other rooms.
Think of it as turning off the light when you leave a room, but instead, you are closing the door to keep the heat focused in one area.
In the closed rooms, turn the heat off until you need to use them.
For example, close the door on an unused spare bedroom or guest bathroom.
You may even choose to keep the heat off in your bedroom until close to the time you head to bed, so you are only heating the room when needed.
When you focus the heat into one concentrated area, that space will get warmer and not try to escape into other areas.
It might be a little chilly in the closed-door rooms, but once the heat is turned on, you will quickly warm up. Closing doors will surely see your electric bills drastically lowered.
2. Seal Air Leaks
This tip will require a little work, but it is vital to keeping your house energy-efficient and warm. It would be best if you found where the air is leaking into and out of your home so that you can stop the cold from getting into your house in the first place.
The most common air leaks are windows, doors, outlets, light fixtures, and light switches. If it is cold enough, you will be able to feel the air with your hand. Perhaps you have heard the wind whistling on particularly blustery days.
In worst cases, whistling wind or feeling a breeze is a sure sign of air leaking and should be dealt with for your heating and cooling efficiency.
Keep an eye out for gaps, holes, and weather stripping that looks damaged. Look for things like holes, cracks, and weather stripping that is falling apart.
Should you find a leak, it is best to set about fixing it. You can do so with weather stripping, caulking, and even tape in a real pinch. Once your leaks are sealed, you can always have them professionally repaired at a later time.
Once your leaks are closed, your electric heat will be exponentially more efficient, as you are avoiding minimal heat escaping outdoors.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to decrease your electric heating bill is to use a programmable thermostat. Even turning your thermostat down between 7-10 degrees for a few hours a day can save you almost 10% a year on your utility bill.
If you work during the day, this is the perfect way to ensure that your house is not being heated unnecessarily while you are away.
If you know you will be out of the house for a prolonged period, program your thermostat to stay off until just before you get home to save money but also keep your home warm.
If you want to save even more, set your thermostat to lower the heat when you are asleep (and presumably bundled under the covers) and to turn the heat back up just before your daily alarm is set to ring.
A smart thermostat will help you save even further. You can control your home heating and cooling systems remotely.
So, if you return home later than expected, you can manage your thermostat from an app on your tablet or smartphone.
4. Wear Warm(er) Clothing
It might seem as though this should come naturally, but often, we don't dress for sitting around at home as well as we should.
Ensure that you are not ‘cold’ because you are in a T-shirt or shorts, or not wearing socks.
Sleep in warmer pajamas, wear a sweater or sweatshirt, and always put on socks or, even better, slippers when you are at home.
Encourage family members to do the same.
When you are wearing appropriate clothing, you will be less tempted to turn up the heat.
Another way to warm up when you are cold is to consider wrapping up in a blanket or quilt rather than turning up the heat.
Dressing warmly and covering up when relaxing at home will help you keep your electric bill in check.
5. Let the Sun In
We are fortunate to have plenty of sun in the Orlando area, even when the weather is not as warm as we would like it to be.
If you open your blinds or curtains and allow the sun to heat your home during the daytime, you should be able to set your heat to a slightly lower temperature.
After you have used the sun to help warm your home during the day, remember to cover your windows again—this is one way you can keep the cold out of your home after dark.
While we are mentioning it, investing in some thick, heavy curtains can help keep cold out!
6. Use Heat That is Generated Elsewhere
There are other ways of generating heat in the home without turning the heat on, such as taking a warm shower or cooking.
When you use the shower, leave the door open and the ventilation fan off. This will let the steam from the shower move into other rooms and areas in the house.
With the shower-heated air in your home, it will not create enough heat to sufficiently heat your house, but it will contribute to the already warm air in the home. Doing this means that you will not have to turn the thermostat up.
You can also warm your house by using your oven. If you are cooking or baking at a high temperature, your home will benefit from the heat of the oven.
You can take advantage of this, especially if it has been cooking something for an hour or more, and since you are cooking anyway, you are not wasting electricity.
7. Switch to a More Efficient Type of Heating
Electric heating is not only the most expensive way to heat the home, but it is also the least efficient.
While a furnace is a significant initial investment, it will keep you more comfortable when the temperatures drop. Over the course of the furnace's lifetime, you will pay less in energy and utility costs.
In addition to proper maintenance for your HVAC system will help your heating system run effortlessly.
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If you are considering switching your heating system to a gas furnace, or you would like an HVAC technician to inspect your system for efficiency, contact Nick's Air Conditioning & Heating.
Nick's Air Conditioning & Heating has the expertise and industry knowledge to help you find the right heating method to suit your home and budget.