* The BSB Design Blog.
Just Damn Good Architecture

8 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill This Winter

We all know in the cold months, we are tempted to turn up the thermostat instead of reaching for a blanket. This can cost you hundreds of extra dollars every year. These tips can be implemented year-round, but they are especially important in the winter months when your energy bill rises.

1. Turn Down For What?

Turn your thermostat down by a few degrees and grab a pair of socks and a cozy sweatshirt. Although this seems like an obvious way to save money, it’s one that needs to be mentioned. By turning your thermostat down by just two degrees, you can save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

2. Wishy-Washy.

laundry mat with a woman hanging inside a top row washer, attempting to reach all the clothing

If you’re looking to upgrade you washing machine or any other home appliance, consider getting one that’s energy efficient. Washing machines are responsible for using more hot water than any other appliance in your home. In recent years, more appliance brands have released more energy-efficient options. Although the price tag can be more than an average washing machine, it’s worth it for the amount of energy and money saved over the life of the appliance. Be a hero! Save the world, one load of laundry at a time.

3. Back-to-Back.

photo of washer and dryer, with towels half inside the dryer with the front loading door slightly open

Try doing loads of laundry back-to-back to take advantage of an already warm dryer. Also, cleaning out the lint filter can help reduce energy use.

4. Keep it Clean.

person cleaning filterJust like you have to clean your dryer’s lint filter, cleaning your furnace filter every two months can significantly increase efficiency. Electrostatic furnace filters are available and are more eco-friendly and save money on replacement filters.

5. Fill ‘er Up.

photo of the top of a dishwasher, and the counter above. clean dishes are stacked on the counter.

Another appliance that uses a lot of hot water and energy is your dishwasher. Instead of automatically running the dishwasher every night whether it is full a load or not, wait to fill it up completely before running it through a cycle. This is shown to be save energy and water, and ultimately, money.

6. Be Smart.

photo of nest thermostat, temperature is labeled as 72 degrees.

Photo courtesy of independent.co.uk

Take your thermostat smarts to the next level and consider investing in a product that controls your home’s temperature when you’re away. A great product is the Nest, which automatically adjusts the temperature when you leave the home and establishes patterns after manual use for a few days. It can cut costs by 10-12 percent, according to the Nest website.

7. Unplug and Recharge.

Graphic courtesy of The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Unplugging your electronics when they’re not in use can prove very beneficial when those monthly energy bills arrive. About a quarter of all residential energy consumption comes from electronics in idle mode like phone chargers, toasters, coffee pots, seldom-used TVs, power tools and those five hair styling tools on your bathroom counter. If simply unplug those when not in use, think about how much moola you will save, not to mention your decreased economic footprint!

8. Replace to Reduce.

out of focus photo of christmas tree colored lights

Replace your light bulbs with LEDs bulbs. These last longer and save a lot of energy. Even your holiday lights can be replaced with LEDs. When you keep your those old holiday lights plugged in 24/7, it can really add up. By switching to LEDs, you can save enough to treat yourself to a few extra peppermint mocha’s this winter.

 

UP