Winter is coming, and, like it or not, winter utilities can get expensive, even in a hot, humid state like Florida. With extra holiday spending on gifts and gatherings, the last thing homeowners want to see is a sky-high electric bill. Thankfully, there are some tips to help you save money.
1. Drafty windows and doors are bad for indoor temperature consistency. Seal them up.
2. Although it rarely dips below freezing in Florida, when cold weather does hit, adjust your thermostat to 65 – 68 degrees while you sleep at night and awake during the day.
3. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent in energy costs.
4. Do household chores in the evening like the dishes, washing and drying clothes. Running appliances like dryers can increase the home’s interior temperature, which means the AC has to work harder.
5. Seal up the attic by adding proper insulation.
6. When preparing a meal, thaw frozen food before you cook it.
7. Use a chest freezer. It generally saves on energy more than an upright model.
8. Check your wall outlets and switches to see if you are losing air.
9. Get energy star appliances, which have to meet efficiency requirements and tend to use less electricity than older models.
10. Maintain your heating systems to be sure they are in safe working condition.
If you follow these tips you can stay warm and save money this winter season while using less energy.