December 16th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Lower your Electric Bill During the Wintertime

When winter comes around, most people get excited for the pumpkin spice lattes, the chocolate pie, the turkey and dressing, but if you’re the head of the home, all you can think about is dollar signs. That’s because when winter rolls around that means it’s time to heat the home which in turn leads to higher electric bills and tighter budgets. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to help keep your bill down so you can enjoy that honey ham and lemon meringue pie.

A few easy winter fixes are sealing gaps around doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping, but did you know that electronics are also to blame for that high electric bill? The EPA estimates that TVs, computers, and other electronics are guilty of burning through more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity nationwide each year. That’s about $10 billion worth of energy! The easiest solution is to unplug these electronics when they’re not in use. If you don’t want to completely unplug it, you can also opt for power switches or adapter with built in timers.

Another option is to change the time of day that you run the heater, the oven, and do laundry. Power companies change electric costs based on the time of day and it can cost 30-60% more to operate your electronics during peak hours of energy usage. Peak hours are usually between 6-10 am and 3-9 pm. Check with your provider for exact times.

Last but not least, save some money by using energy-saving gadgets like Energy Star appliances. They might even score you savings with your power company as well! Even switching to compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs can help.

Here’s to hoping you save some money and can enjoy the holidays stress free!

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