The leaves from the trees are mostly gone, and a noticeable chill permeates the air around the Midwest. While it’s still fall, we know that winter will be here soon enough, and when the temperatures plummet, you’re sure to see a climb in your electric bill.
But don’t panic! There are many great, easy ways you can save money on your electric bill this winter without having to sacrifice your comfort. Read the following 8 tips to help you save more money on your electric bill in the winter (and keep you warmer, too!).
Keep The Temperature Low – As tempting as it might seem to crank up the heat in the winter, try to keep your thermostat down by 2 degrees and cozy up in a blanket instead. You will save some money on your energy bill if you resist adjusting the thermostat. If all else fails, savor some hot chocolate to keep you toasty!
Fill Up the Dishwasher – Make sure that your dishwasher is full before turning it on. These days, dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when they are full. In fact, researchers have found that dishwashers do a consistently better job with less water than hand-washing, so load ‘em up!
Take Care of Your Fridge – Before winter comes, make sure you clean the dust off your refrigerator’s condenser coil to improve its efficiency. If you need a new fridge, look for one that has a more energy-efficient compressor, good insulation, and good temperature controls. These types of fridges offer energy savings that conventional models cannot.
A Clean Furnace is a Happy Furnace – Don’t forget about your winter workhorse – your furnace! Cleaning your furnace’s filter once every month can increase its efficiency drastically. You will also be able to enjoy cleaner air in your home.
Slay the Vampires – We’re not talking about Dracula – we mean your home electronics that suck out electricity when they’re not in use! Unplug your home electronics when you’re not using them to help you save some money on your energy bill. This especially includes computer and chargers, but you can also apply this to lamps and televisions if you like.
Use the Right Lights – Take the time to replace your home’s incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. You’ll save energy with the lower wattage and reduce cooling costs as well!
Weatherproof Before Winter – Now is the perfect time to weatherproof your home before the full force of winter arrives. Make sure that you have enough insulation and that you caulk up any cracks to get rid of uncomfortable drafts. Weatherproofing your home will not only keep you warmer in the winter, but it can also save you some money on your heating bill!
Be Smart with Laundry – Everyone loves warm-and-fresh-out-of-the-dryer clothes, but you’ll need to be smarter when it comes to drying your clothes. Dry two or more loads of laundry in a row to take advantage of an already warm dryer, and be sure to remove them promptly to prevent wrinkling. Remember to clean the lint filter before every load – a clogged filter will not only increase your energy use, but it can also be a fire hazard!
Reviewing your home insurance plan can also be a very effective way to save money in the long haul. If you’d like to discuss your home insurance policy, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com for more information!