REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL DURING THE WINTER

Our family is on a journey to become debt free in 2019. One of the first things that we’re evaluating, is our electric bill. This is one of our largest monthly expenses, and I’m on a mission to cut it down! Below I’ve listed the things that we’re trying to put to use in our home, plus a few other ideas. Put these tips to use, and you can reduce your electric bill too!

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KEEP THE TV OFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE 

One of the first things I’ve noticed once we started trying to save money on the electric bill, is that our tv was ALWAYS on. It didn’t matter if no one was even in the same room. What a horrible habit! I’m trying to be more intentional in 2019, so keeping the tv off more, will help save money, while being more intentional!

TURN OFF LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE ROOM 

I know this seems obvious, but once you start really paying attention in this area, you may notice that there are often lights left on that shouldn’t be. I gathered all of my kids together and told them how important it was to turn off all of their lights when they leave a room. With a few reminders (and making them go turn it off when they forget), they’re already doing a much better job at turning out the lights.

USE YOUR GLASS DOOR

If you have a glass door, open your main door when the sun is shining. This allows the sunlight to reflect on the glass, which helps to warm up the inside of your home. The neighbors probably think I’m crazy, but one sunny winter day, I stood up against that hot, glass door. It felt amazing. I closed my eyes and it felt like summer to me. A glass door is a great investment for the sunny winter days.

STOP MESSING WITH THE THERMOSTAT

This year, I’m trying to keep the thermostat set at a cooler temperature than what I’m used to. I’m hoping that the couple of degrees difference, will really help lower our bill.

REPLACE AIR FILTERS MONTHLY

This one is just common sense. Put a reminder in your phone for the same time each month. Replacing the filter often, helps to keep your heating system running more efficiently.

KEEP THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR CLOSED

Our 3 year old just loves to open the refrigerator….a hundred times a day! Since we started our journey to save money, I’ve started getting onto him for opening the refrigerator. I ask him what he thinks he wants, and then if he knows, we’ll get it really quick.

SEAL WINDOWS WITH PLASTIC

If you have a really cold winter, this is great idea to help keep the heat inside, and the cold out. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, in case you’re not familiar with this. 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window

DO NOT RE-RUN YOUR LAUNDRY

I’m SO guilty of this. I get busy (or just lazy sometimes), and completely forget about the laundry that I started. Then I have to re-run the wash cycle to get the smell out (we have an old washer). Or, I have to re-run the dryer to get wrinkles out. We don’t iron in this house! Haha! Set a timer to remind you to get the laundry out when it’s finished, so you don’t have to re-run it.

USE COLD WATER WHEN DOING LAUNDRY

Speaking of laundry, use only cold water, and don’t use the extra rinse/spin cycles unless absolutely necessary.

RUN ONLY FULL LOADS

I’m SO guilty of this mistake too. We have our reasons, but we definitely need to work on not running the dishwasher and washing machine when they’re not fully loaded. Running full loads obviously cuts down on power and water being used, which saves you money in the long run!

TURN HEAT DRY OFF

Our son is going to hate this one, because he’s the one who does the dishes in our home. But turning off the heat dry mode on the dishwasher can save money, so I’m going to have him to start drying the good old fashioned way!

RUN YOUR LARGE APPLIANCES DURING OFF-PEAK TIME

Did you know that electric companies have peak and off-peak rates? Running your large appliances during the off-peak times can save a lot of money. You can call your electric company or explore their website, to find out what the off-peak times are.

UNPLUG EVERYTHING THAT ISN’T IN USE

When you’re not really paying attention, it’s easy to leave charging cords, toaster ovens, baby monitors, etc., plugged in, and think nothing of it. If you’re trying to cut back, take a look around, and get into the habit of keeping things unplugged when not in use.

CHANGE OUT ALL OF YOUR LIGHT BULBS

We have slowly been changing out all of our old light bulbs to the newer LED light bulbs. They are expensive (which is why we’ve been doing it slowly), but they are worth the investment because they are much more energy efficient, and they last longer.

PRE-PURCHASE PROPANE

If you use propane, see if you are able to pre-buy it before winter, at a cheaper price. You may also be able to pay to lock in a specific price if you aren’t able to pre-purchase.

MAKE YOUR CEILING FAN WORK FOR YOU

If you have ceiling fans, there’s a little switch on them that can reverse the flow of the air. Check out this website for more information, to make sure that you are using your ceiling fan correctly.

USE A TOASTER OVEN MORE OFTEN

Before preheating your conventional oven, consider whether or not you can cook/bake in the toaster oven. If you’re only cooking small meals, this can be a great, unique way to save money on your utility bill.

GET A HOME HOME ENERGY AUDIT

Many utility companies offer home energy audits for free. An audit is a simple checkup of your home to help determine where you might be losing energy — and money — and how to correct it.

CLEAN YOUR REFRIGERATOR VENTS

Keeping the vents and fan on your refrigerator clean, allows it to function more efficiently.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a comment below and tell me which idea is your favorite to reduce your electric bill. I would love to hear if you have other ideas that work for you.

Be blessed my friends!

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14 Comments

  1. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    December 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I had sticker shock when I saw this month’s electric bill, especially since it’s been warmer than usual. I’ll definitely be trying several of these ideas.

    1. biblemomma

      December 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

      I wrote down electric bill totals for the past year, and January of 2018 was the highest so far. I’m trying to avoid this January’s bill being as high. I almost look at it like a challenge. I hope it pays off!

  2. Quieralyn bourdo

    December 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Germany gets SOO COLD in the winter! I love this! Thanks girl!

    1. biblemomma

      December 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to check it out! 🙂

  3. Bunmieshealthychoices

    December 28, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Am definitely using some of this great ideas. Our bill has been outrageously high.
    Thanks for all this great ideas and thanks for sharing!

    1. biblemomma

      December 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Thank you for taking the time to check it out! I’m glad you find it helpful! 🙂

  4. Manishi

    December 29, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Due to cold we use appliances that provides us heat.
    Great tips on energy saving!

  5. POOVANESH PATHER

    December 29, 2018 at 3:43 am

    This is such a helpful list of ways to cut down on your electricity bill. I’m guilty of many of these and am also trying to cut down on this bill. Thanks for sharing.

    1. biblemomma

      December 29, 2018 at 11:28 am

      You’re very welcome! Some of these are harder for me than others, like no re-running the laundry. It’s in our basement, so I often get busy and forget about it. But, I am trying to take my own advice now (actually my hubby’s advice), and set a timer to remind me.

  6. Elicitfolio

    December 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    This list is gold!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. biblemomma

      December 30, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      You’re welcome! Happy to help others!

  7. Jubilee D Meyer

    December 31, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Love this so much! I am always looking for ways to cut down our bills. I’ve definitely been guilty of rerunning my laundry!

    1. biblemomma

      January 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you! I’m still struggling, even with the timer, because my kids distract me. Haha! I’m really working on it though. 🙂

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