20 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILL DURING THE WINTER
I’m excited to share with you several ways to reduce your energy bill during the winter! Where I live, it still feels like summer, but I know that winter is right around the corner! Our family is on a journey to become debt free, and one of the first things that we’ve evaluated is our electric bill. This is one of our largest monthly expenses (third to our mortgage and groceries), and I’m on a mission to cut it down! Below are 20 ways to reduce your energy bill during the winter! Some are common sense, but there are a few unique ideas that you may have not thought of. Put these tips to use, and you can reduce your energy bill too!
- KEEP THE TV OFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
One of the first things I noticed when we started trying to save money on the electric bill, is that our TV was ALWAYS on. It didn’t matter if anyone was even in the same room. What a horrible habit! I’m trying to be more intentional with my family, 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 on sunny winter days, I lean up against that hot, glass door. When I close my eyes, it reminds me of summer. It feels amazing! A glass door is a great investment for the sunny winter days.
- STOP MESSING WITH THE THERMOSTAT
Setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature than what you normally have it on and leaving it there, is a simple solution to reduce your energy bill. You can just set it and forget about it. You might just have to dress a little warmer!
- 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 boys love to open the refrigerator….a hundred times a day, and they’ll just stand there and stare for a long time! Since we started our journey to save money, I’ve started getting on to them for opening the refrigerator. I have them think about what they might want before we open the door to select something.
- SEAL WINDOWS WITH PLASTIC
If you have a really cold winter, this is a 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
There are a few simple changes you can make with your laundry routine that will help reduce your energy bill. I’m SO guilty of this one! 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. My husband fixed our very first dinner together in a toaster oven. It turned out great and it’s a memory that I’ll never forget.
- GET 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.
- CHECK YOUR CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS DAILY
I am just blown away at all of the electricity being used in my children’s bedrooms, especially our teenager’s room! That is why I am now constantly peeking in to see what can be turned off. I always find lights, fans, tvs, and gaming systems left on.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a comment below and tell me which idea is your favorite way to reduce your energy bill. I would love to hear if you have other ideas that work for you.
Be blessed my friends!
I’m Amanda and a Christian homeschooling Mom to 4 awesome boys from ages 4 to 19.
I have an amazing, supportive husband, a passion for encouraging others in their faith, and helping new homeschoolers find their way through their journey.
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