‘Tis the season to spend money, falalalala lalala.
But that doesn’t mean you have to waste your hard earned cash. This winter, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little extra for presents or the really good egg nog, instead of blowing hundreds on unnecessary heating costs?
Yes. Obviously. And luckily, it’s not that hard. Here are the 5 easiest ways to conserve energy and save money on your electricity bill this year (and also do a little extra to save the planet in the process).
1. Open your curtains in the daytime, close them at night
This may seem like a small thing but the light — and therefore heat — that gets in during a day that’s even partly cloudy can make a difference of a few degrees into the evening, especially if you…
2. Insulate and Weatherize
Sometimes, staying warm is less about bringing the heat than keeping it. That means making sure to caulk and weather strip doors and windows as well as any pesky cracks that might be leaking air from your floor, walls, ceiling, attic, basement, or crawlspace. There will be an initial cost here, but keeping warm air in means keeping money in your pocket. Or your bank or under your bed or whatever. Or, in a pinch, stuff your money into the cracks in your home— win-win!
3. Fireplace: open, use, close, repeat
If you haven’t made it to 5th grade chemistry yet, spoiler alert: heat rises. The fireplace is a great way to stay warm in the winter, but when you’re not, close your gate or flue. Except on Christmas Eve. Obviously.
4. Layer up!
Blankets, socks, sweats… This is self-explanatory, right? Drop your thermostat 2 degrees, get cozy, and save — dollars and planet. Love walking naked around the house? Imagine how gratifying it’ll be if you wait until July!
5. Clean your heater
Furnaces will work much more efficiently if you clean or replace them every 30 days. Who knew, right? Furnaces have filters.
And there you have it. Follow these simple rules for energy responsibility this winter to save some cash, heal the planet, and ensure your holiday season is a blast!