6 Painless Ways to Cut Down on Your Winter Electric Bill

Worried Mature Couple With Bill Turning Down Central Heating

Even in the dead of winter, it’s possible to slash your heating bills without sacrificing comfort. Follow these tips to cut your energy bill by 20% or more.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. This handy device allows you to lower the thermostat during the day when no one is at home and at night when everyone is sleeping, and automatically raise it again at the times you designate. It’s a simple and painless way to make a substantial dent in energy expenses.
  • Tune up your heating and cooling system. Schedule a professional tune-up of your heating and cooling unit on a regular basis, and change the air filters regularly to increase efficiency.
  • Seal it tight. Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can stop loss of the indoor air you’ve paid to heat. Electrical boxes in exterior walls are another notorious source for air leakage. Use caulk or sealant in each box to stop the leaks.
  • Use a space heater. Rather than heating the entire house to your desired temperature, put a space heater in the area where your family gathers and turn down the thermostat. You’ll be warm but your furnace won’t have to work as hard.
  • Block the chimney. Chimneys are built to warm you, but when they’re not in use they are a huge source of energy loss – even when the chimney flue is closed. An easy solution is to block the airflow with an inflatable chimney balloon.
  • Shop around. Energy is a competitive business. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use this to your advantage by negotiating with electric suppliers to find the best deal and the best service for your needs. Because you are only making a switch in the company that generates your electricity, you won’t experience any interruptions in service.

There are many additional ways to reduce your energy costs this winter that will allow you to enjoy a more energy-efficient and comfortable home. For information about installing energy-efficient windows and prices on energy-efficient windows, visit www.SunriseWindows.com.

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