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Green Streak: How to Save Money and Energy This Winter

With the cold winter months upon us it’s time to turn up the heat and shut the cold winter chills out. In winter there may seldom be a time when you’re thermostat isn’t on, and this can mean a higher electric bill. Add in using beautiful Christmas lights to decorate your home during the month of December, and the bill goes even higher. However, there are some creative and resourceful ways you can save money and energy during the colder months, which also has a positive impact on the environment.

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Turn Down the Thermostat and Get Cozy
While it may be tempting to crank the thermostat all the way up 72 degrees or even a bit higher, refrain from doing so. Yes, 72 degrees is known as “room temperature” in many households, but try to get used to the idea of setting the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. While this may sound cold to some, it’s not something the body cannot get used to. Setting the thermostat lower can pack a significant punch in saving money on the electricity bill and helping out the environment by conserving energy. Rely on cozy socks, sweaters, sweatshirts, and flannels to take the edge off the chill when you’re lounging around at home. It’s best not to set the thermostat at 72 degrees at nighttime anyway, as research shows that when temperature is slightly cooler than room temperature at night, it helps in contributing to a deeper, more restful sleep.

Replace Filters and Seal Up Leaks
A dirty furnace filter can mean restricted airflow as well as forcing your furnace to work harder. Make sure your furnace is in proper working condition by cleaning it thoroughly, making sure it is thoroughly lubricated, and that it is in good working condition for the winter season ahead. This simple task can save money on your electric bill, and reduce energy consumption. Check your house for any leaks around windows, sinks, and pipes. Seal them with caulk. This will help to keep cold and moisture out of your living environment as well.

Replace Light Bulbs

Replace light bulbs around the house with LED lights, which will help save money and electricity. Decorate for the holiday with LED Christmas lights which will require less energy usage as well. According to myledlightinguide.com, LED tube lights not only help save money, but they are also better for the environment because they require less energy usage — a win, win!

Following these simple steps will ensure that you and your family will stay warm this winter season without getting sky-high electric bills in the mail. Taking a little extra time to ensure your home is winter-ready is definitely worth the extra effort. And best of all, you can still enjoy the sparkling lights of the holiday season without enduring a drastically higher electric bill.

 

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