#1: Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Daylight hours are usually shorter during the fall and winter, which means you will be using more light than you typically do. As such, you can make a huge difference in your expenses by changing your light bulbs.
The most energy-efficient light bulbs in the market today are CFL and LED bulbs. Although these light bulbs cost more than traditional bulbs, they last much longer and generate less carbon dioxide. They can produce the same light output (lumens) as regular bulbs while using less energy (watts), making them more energy-efficient.
#2: Choose a smart thermostat for your HVAC system
Using a smart thermostat can help you save money because you can control the temperature throughout the day. You can schedule temperature adjustments, and some of these smart devices can also identify the most efficient setting based on the environment. These thermostats can help you save more money by learning your behaviours and setting schedules to save the most energy. It can also automatically maximize the energy-saving mode when you are asleep or away.
#3: Lessen your usage of hot water
One of the first things that turn cold during the winter is your water, and it is only crucial that you use your heater when taking a bath during this season. However, you can save more money if you reduce your usage of hot water. That does not mean you should avoid taking a bath. Opting for a hot shower instead of a warm bath will help you save more money in the long run.
You can also use cold water instead of heated water when washing your clothes. The process of heating your water will require a lot of energy, so carefully choose which activities you will use it for.
#4: Invest in solar panels
When it comes to saving energy, the use of solar panels will always be on the list. Solar panels can lower your utility bills and increase your property’s value in the long run. They can also help you save money because of the federal tax credit you will receive.
However, you will only start feeling the advantages of solar panels after years of living in the same house. Aside from the panels’ upfront cost, you will need to pay for installation and maintenance.
#5: Insulate your windows
Adding insulation to your windows can also help you save money during the cold winter months. Insulated windows provide better thermal performance, keeping your house warm during the winter and cool in the summer. This means that you will use your heating system less frequently. You will enjoy around 20 to 40 percent energy savings if you coat your windows with a home or commercial UV coating.
There is no need to sacrifice your comfort to save money during the winter months. A few adjustments here and there can make the experience comfortable for you and your wallet. Try our tips and see the difference yourself.
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