Published on August 15th, 2017 | by abarries
Tips for Saving on Your Electric Bill This Winter
Small changes can quickly add up to big savings
Try these tips:
- Set your thermostat to 56 degrees when you leave the house. Turning your thermostat down by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when you’re at home, health permitting. Each degree above 68 degrees uses 3 to 5 percent more energy
- Clean your clothes dryer lint trap between loads. This small action can save you up to $34 a year.
- Microwave small amounts of food instead of using the oven and reduce your cooking energy use by up to 80 percent.
- Cut shower time in half to reduce water heating costs by 33 percent. Showers can account for up to two-thirds of your water heating expenses.
- Wash clothes in cold water and save up to $30 a year on hot water heating when using a gas water heater.
- Use the clothes dryer moisture sensor to turn off the dryer automatically. Running your dryer for an extra 15 minutes per load can cost up to $34 a year. Clean the lint trap between loads, which can provide additional savings.