Seven Money-Saving Tips for the Holidays
With the Holiday Season finally upon us, the last thing many of us need or want to be concerned about, is unnecessary expenditures, that contribute to outrageously high utility bills, at the end of the month. Don’t fret – there are several ways one can save a significant portion of hard-earned money by taking the time to heed some of these money-saving pointers. Simple choices can have a big impact on your monthly bill.
1. Maintain the thermostat at an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, or any temperature between 60 and 70 degrees. This moderate range could save an average of 5 percent (or more) on home - heating costs. If you feel that this may be a bit Spartan for your taste, rather than turning the heat up, you can always bundle up with a warm sweater, snuggle up to a significant other, and sip on a nice warm cup of hot chocolate!
2. Don’t forget to turn the thermostat off while away from home. In colder zones, you may need to keep the thermostat at a necessary minimum to prevent the freezing of pipes. At night, the thermostat should be lowered accordingly. Following such a regimen, is a guaranteed way to add additional savings to your home - heating costs this season.
3. Consider updating or replacing older appliances in your home, such as heating and cooling systems, conveyor belts and fans, water heaters, or thermostats. Verify places where drafts of cold air are bound to enter, such as in bathrooms under the sinks, or in large closets. These areas may have wiring and pipes that are not properly insulated, or may have large gaps where heat may escape, and cold air enters unnoticed. Make sure that air vents are free of obstructions and dust. These pro-active steps are proven and efficient ways on saving money and energy costs in the long run. This is especially the case if an old appliance were to break down during the harsh winter months. Newer upgraded appliances are designed to be more energy efficient, and contribute to significant savings for the consumer.
4. Pointer #3 mentioned a few places where there may be air leaks. One of our reputable and professional companies that we endorse, can survey your home if you feel that your energy budget is being compromised. During the colder months, air leaks can be a big nuisance, and certainly contribute to higher energy costs.
5. Insulate, or replace drafty windows. Properly insulating windows for the cold season, will keep your home comfortably warm, and help conserve energy.
6. Unplug electronic devices that aren’t in use, such as phone chargers, computers, small kitchen appliances, fans in washrooms, and gaming systems, just to mention a few items. Electronic devices draw on energy even when they aren’t in use. Thus unplugging them will cut energy costs.
7. This time of year, many people are decorating their homes with holiday lights and decorations. Switching to LED lights, rather than using traditional lights, is a guaranteed way to save on energy and money, without compromising that holiday feel. You’ll feel better knowing you’re saving money, while keeping those lights on.
Remember, even though the days are getting colder and you’re experiencing the added stress of the holidays, there are still many simple ways to conserve on your stress-inducing energy costs. So, try to alleviate your worries, and use this special time constructively, by spending it with your friends and family, doing some holiday shopping, or enjoying the great outdoors. For more information, and money-saving tips, contact us today.