Energy Saving Tips To Save Money This Winter

Energy Saving Tips To Save Money This Winter

It's getting cooler here in the Carolinas ... time to think about this winter's energy bill and how you can save money. Go green and use these energy-saving tips to help lower your bill.

Make your home more energy efficient

  • Find out how much energy you're using. Duke Energy's website is very user friendly. It gives you a free personalized energy report, energy savings calculator, easy ways to lower your bill, money-saving offers and more. And stop by the Department of Energy website for more valuable energy-saving tips.
  • Change the numbers.  Try adjusting your thermostat 2 or 3 degrees lower during the day. Lower the thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees while you are sleeping and when no one is home during the day.  A programmable thermostat will let you set the temperature at any time, or even schedule settings for different days.
  • Maximize your windows.  Insulated curtains that snugly fit your windows keep the heat in and the cold out. Or use plastic film to seal your windows and trap the heat inside. During sunny days, open the curtains on your south-facing windows to let the sun naturally heat up your house.
  • Don't forget weatherstripping and caulk. Got leaks? Even a tiny hole around a window or door frame can let warm air escape. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal every inch possible, and don't forget areas where pipes or cables come into the house.
  • Close that flue! Fireplaces are a prime place for energy to escape. Have your fireplace cleaned and sealed, and always keep the flue closed when you're not using the fireplace. To heat your home with the fireplace, install glass fireplace doors and an exchange system to push warm air in and pull cold air out.
  • Make your hot water heater cozy.  Use a water heater insulator kit, which you can find at any Home Depot or Lowe’s.
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