Georgia winters are notorious for having a myriad of weather conditions, but one thing is for sure. When it’s cold, it gets really cold. Many people find that during the winter, whether it stems from the use of heaters or the new twinkling of holiday lights every night, their energy bill increases. Here are a few ways to keep costs down this merry season.
- Switch to LED: LED lights are your best option for lighting. Not only do they use far less energy than incandescent bulbs (75%), they also last much longer. You’ll not only save energy costs but you’ll also save your wallet from spending money on multiple light bulbs.
- Know when to keep temperatures low: There are a few times of day where you can keep your thermostat on low and not have to deal with the cold. One is when you’re at work. If no one else is home, turn down the temperature a few degrees to save around 8 hours of energy. The second is while you’re asleep. You’re already wrapped in multiple covers, so you can also drop the temperature down during the night.
- Replace your filters: HVAC systems can easily become clogged, causing the machine to work harder. It’s recommended that you replace the filters around once a month to save money.
- Unplug: Anytime an electronic is plugged into the wall, it drains energy. This includes your tv, chargers, and other devices. Try plugging your electronics into a power strip, so in one quick move you can unplug when you’re not using them, and quickly replug when you need them.
The steps above are easy ways to lower your energy intake and reduce your impact on the environment. While saving energy requires a little bit of action, in the long run it will save you plenty of money.