How to Save Money on Electricity this Winter

1.) Beware of Peak Hours

Energy costs are usually based on the time of the day. Energy used during “peak hours” is more expensive than energy used during “off peak” hours. Peak hours vary based on day of the week, location, season, and individual electric company, but they are generally 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday during the summer; and 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 pm. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday in the winter. Weekends and holidays are usually off peak. By keeping your thermostat lower during these hours, and saving your energy-sucking chores such as dishes and laundry for the weekends, you can save up to 20% on your energy bill.

2.) Seal Your Windows, Open Your Curtains

Keeping your doors and windows closed and using caulk to seal cracks can save your money by preventing heat from escaping. However, while open doors and windows are bad news for your heating bill, open curtains during the day can help warm up your home with solar power, allowing you to keep your thermostat a few degrees cooler.

3.) Unplug Energy-Sucking Appliances

Electronics like TVs, computers and laptops, chargers, and kitchen appliances can needlessly suck energy when not in use. The easiest way to prevent this is to make sure they are unplugged unless they are being used.

4.) Invest in Energy-Saving Tools

Adapters with built-in timers are a great way to make sure you’re not wasting power on electronics you aren’t using, without the hassle of having to remember to unplug everything.

Smart power strips work by detecting when an electronic goes into standby mode and shutting off power to it.

Home energy monitors will help you figure out where most of your energy is going in order to give you an idea of where you can cut costs.

Using a space heater and wearing warm clothing rather than heating up the entire house, including rooms you aren’t using, can save you hundreds on your electric bill over time.

A humidifier can make a cooler house feel warmer, since moist air is warmer than dry air, so you can comfortably keep your house a few degrees lower, saving up to 5-10% on your heating bill.

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