Winter is approaching which means the temperatures are going to continue dropping. It may be tempting to crank up the heat, but that usually means much higher bills. This winter, make it a priority to save money on your electricity bills by trying some of these energy-saving tips. 

Eliminate Air Leaks 

Before the cold temperatures hit, it’s important to make sure you get rid of any air leaks by caulking or weatherstripping. This should be done on any doors or windows that may have broken seals. Not only will doing this prevent cold air from getting inside, but it will save you money.  

Stay Cozy 

Another good way to save money is to layer up in the winter. Stay warm by using lots of blankets, fuzzy socks and sweatshirts and be sure to warm up by the fireplace if you have one. This is a great way to keep the thermostat temperature down but still stay warm. 

Use Space Heaters 

Space heaters are a great source of additional heat, especially in a smaller space. If you get chilly at night, consider placing a space heater in your room rather than cranking up the heat. Keep in mind the safety precautions that come with using a space heater, such as keeping it away from flammable objects and never leaving it alone in a room.  

Turn the Thermostat Down at Night 

Bedtime is a great time to turn the temperature down. Once you’re bundled up and asleep, you won’t even think about the room being a few degrees colder. You could consider buying a heated blanket if you get especially cold at night. 

Let the Sun In 

You’d be surprised how much some sunlight can warm up a room. If the sun is out, keep the blinds open and let the sunshine heat your home naturally. It may not be as warm as the summer sun, but it makes quite the difference. 

Close the Blinds at Night 

Windows aren’t as insulated as walls, so when the sun goes down it’s important to close the curtains or blinds to prevent heat loss. Take it a step further and buy insulated curtains to maximize the efficiency of your windows. 

Lower the Water Heater Temperature 

Water heaters are the second highest source of energy usage in the home behind heating and cooling systems. Most people have the thermostat on their water heater set much higher than necessary. Set the temperature a few degrees cooler and you’ll save some extra money. 

We hope you can save some extra money this winter by using some of these energy-saving tips. If you’re interested in the financial services we offer in order to continue saving money, contact us to learn more.