As the weather starts to drop, the heaters come on and the bills start to rise. It does not help that Christmas is right around the corner and presents need to be bought. With the holiday season conveniently placed in the height of electric bills saving money is probably at the top of your list. Here are a few tips to help you save some money and enjoy time with family a little bit more by taking away stress.
- Check Your Doors
Not to make sure that they are locked, but make sure that they are not letting in any outside air. You should also do this with your windows or any other entrance like garage. When outside air can come in, it means that your heated air can also exit. When either of these things occurs, your heater has to work extra and your bill will continue to increase. You should look into weather stripping, and you can also make your own homemade door sealers.
- Keep An Eye On Things
You can now adjust things going on at home from your phone. So if you are at work all day you can turn the heat off and turn it back on when you are on the way back. This feature is available on wi-fi enabled thermostats, which are a great investment even during the summer. This will help you save big time money on heating your house and you won’t have to sacrifice any of the comfort.
- Lights, Camera, Action
But mainly the lights. You spend a lot of money running all of those lights that attract people and get your family in the spirit of the season. This season you should upgrade your lights and switch them from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs. LED bulbs are brighter, so you will use les of them. LED bulbs are also longer lasting so you wont have to change them as often. You should also think about changing the lights in your home as well. By making the one time switch of all your bulbs, you will be saving a lot of money in the long run.
- Reaching Out
This time of year is all about family and getting everyone together. Sometimes that does not always happen, but you still want to connect with your family members. With Vonage plans, you can talk to family in the United States or international family members for a very low price. It might be wise to think about switching your phone company before you enter this holiday season.
- Do Your Research
The government offers some incentive for making energy saving changes. Tax credits are usually offered for adding things like solar panels, solar water heaters and other renewable energy systems.
These tips on how to keep costs down in the winter should help you enjoy your holiday season just a little more and you will want to continue your energy saving ways in the near future.
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