In the wintertime, it can often be difficult to balance your budget. Between gifts, trips, and food, there is a lot of money to be spent and much of this spending is extremely important to the happiness of yourself and your family. Keeping costs down in the wintertime can be a key to kicking the new year off right. One of the best things you can do to decrease your wintertime expenses is to pay attention to your energy use, and conserve energy appropriately. By conserving your energy you can stay warm this winter without going over your budget.
Keeping Energy Costs Down in the Wintertime
When it comes to your energy bill in the winter time, sometimes the costs can get astronomical, but if you know some of the tricks to the trade, you will be able to stay warm this winter without breaking the bank. Knowing how to conserve energy will help you not only to save money, but also to have more resources available for your other wintery needs.
What Can You do to Lower Costs?
One of the best things you can do to keep your energy costs low is to invest in a programmable thermostat and use it appropriately. This means that you should set your temperature about ten degrees lower than usual in the night, and when there is no one in your home. Lowering your thermostat ten degrees at night can help lower your energy bill up to twenty percent.
Along those same lines, if you choose to don a pair of socks and a sweater and turn your thermostat as little as one degree lower, you will be able to save up to three percent on your energy bill. By conserving energy and keeping your bill down, you will be even happier and have a little more cash in your pockets.
Efficiency = Savings
To improve your efficiency, you should try to keep the opening and closing of your doors to a minimum. You will also increase efficiency by making sure that all of your doors and windows are well insulated. By keeping your house insulated and weather-proofed, you will be able to save yourself a lot of money and hassle this winter.
By keeping your south-facing window treatments open in the daytime and closing them at night, you will be able to invite and trap the heat from the sun into your home. This will help you to need less energy than usual to keep you house heated.
What To Do with Your Money Saved?
Now that you are keeping your house energy efficient this winter, you will have a little bit of money to spare, and there are many different things you can do with it. Whether you use the extra cash to work towards your New Year’s resolutions, or save it in the bank for a rainy day, you won’t be disappointed that you took a little bit of time to conserve heat.