Staying Warm While Saving Money
Why do we put scarves on snowmen? Pretty sure they like the cold. Anyways, us humans (and pugs) appreciate the warmth, which is our topic for today - staying warm while saving money.
Here in northern Utah we tend to see higher energy bills in the peak months of summer and winter.
“Because energy use is very sensitive to temperature in both winter and summer, high bill concerns from customers tend to occur whenever extreme weather hits,” said Aric Muhlestein, Rocky Mountain Power director of customer service and support.
Luckily, there's ways you can help reduce energy consumption while staying warm, keeping you, your wallet and your pug cozy.
Close blinds or curtains at night for added insulation. For south facing windows you can leave open during sunny days to allow the suns heat into your home.
Drop your thermostat a couple degrees, and even a few more while you're sleeping. Many suggest 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night, but set it to what you can withstand while staying comfortable. Bundle up with extra clothing or keep throw blankets easily accessible.
Wash clothes with cold water. Most of the time, washing your clothes in cold water will get the job done. Only use hot water when necessary.
Use space heaters (sometimes). Space heaters can be great for heating a small room, but continued use can end up consuming a lot of energy. Only use space heaters while you're in the room, don't leave it running. Many space heaters are able to set desired temperatures and can shut off at set temperatures.
Use LED light bulbs. LED lights use 75% less energy, last 25 times longer and cost less annually to operate! It's a win win win.
Minimize the use of kitchen and bathroom fans. They're great for ridding of undesired smells, but also suck out all the hot air.
Humidify. Winter months come with dry air. Moist air holds heat better and feels warmer. Using a humidifier or house plants can help your home feel warmer.
Strategically use air vents. Heat rises, making the lower levels of your home, sometimes much colder, than the upper levels. Close most of the air vents on your upper levels, leaving the vents below open. This will allow the heat to circulate through more of your home.
Now is also a good time to prepare for the chilly winter months, so check out our blog post Winter Maintenance Quick Tips.