As the temperatures drop, our gas and electric bills go up. It’s predicted that you and I will pay as much as 17% more for our heating this winter.
This is mainly because, to avoid the super cold weather, we spend more time inside, using our appliances far more than we might in spring or summer. The good news is there are a few tricks to keep your utility bill as low as possible.
1. Invest in a smart or WiFi thermostat
One trick to keeping your heating bill low is to avoid cranking up the heat too often and turning it to a lower temperature for at least 8 hours a day. Lowering your thermostat by just a few degrees can significantly reduce your heating costs.
I recommend investing in a smart or WiFi thermostat that allows you to set the temperature to adjust automatically when you’re away from home or asleep. What’s great about smart thermostats is that they can also detect your habits and adjust accordingly on their own. Keep in mind that not all smart thermostats may be compatible with your HVAC system, and they are considerably more expensive than basic thermostats.
However, you’ll likely have no regrets about the investment when you see the money you end up saving on your heating bill. Among our most recommended smart and WiFi thermostats:
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2. Invest in a space heater
Did you know that space heaters use less energy than your furnace or central heating? Instead of heating your entire house, consider using a space heater in the room you are currently using, or at least lowering your thermostat and using a space heater for added heat. Our most recommended space heaters are the following:
Just be mindful of the fact that space heaters can be dangerous if faulty or misused. See my recommendation for properly using a space heater.
3. Invest in smart plugs
One thing you may not know is that many of your electronic devices still take up energy when plugged in, even when switched off. Smart plugs can save you in that department by allowing you to control the amount of energy a particular device takes up through WiFi controls and even turning certain outlets off entirely. Our most recommended smart plugs are the following:
There are also a few easy steps you can take to keep your utility bill as low as possible without spending a dime.
By implementing these tips, you can save money on your heating bill and stay warm during winter. Do you have any more ways you have found to keep your winter utility bills down?
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