How to Save Money on your Electric Bill This Winter?

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If you’re on a tight budget, you might be wondering how you can save on your electric bill during the winter. Below are a few suggestions:

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Dim Your Lights

We tend to spend more on lighting our homes in the winter. Since the days are shorter, lights are turned on earlier for activities such as reading and cooking.

Also, we’re spending more on tree and holiday lighting. As a matter of fact, the Christmas tree alone increases the electrical bill by 15 to 20 percent.

Try to shut off the lights every time you aren’t in a room. Motion sensors will help to make sure that you aren’t spending money on rooms no one is occupying.

Appliance Woes

The household washer and dryer will use a lot of heat in the winter season. Try to wash and dry only full loads and use cold water cycles when you can. Also, when possible, dry your clothing on a line in your bathroom or in the backyard.

Do not keep the freezer or refrigerator too cold, as that’s a huge waste of energy. The proper temperatures are between 37 – 40℉ for fresh food, and 5℉ for your freezer.

Organize the shelves so that there’s sufficient air to flow around the refrigerator. Too many products will decrease circulation of air and lower the efficiency of the appliance. Place the refrigerator in the coolest spot of the kitchen and keep it far away from heat sources like the stove.

Defrost food sources before microwaving or baking to save on energy. If you’re using an electric oven, try to turn it off 15 minutes before cooking time is done and the food will continuously cook at the set temperature so long as the door of the oven isn’t open.

Keep the range at the lowest setting on the stove. Keep pans and pots covered in order to prevent more heat loss.

While heating water on the stove, only use the amount needed. Don’t waste heat on the water that’s going to get tossed out.

Try to use the “economy mode” on the dishwasher as much as you can. Only operate it when it’s full.

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