It’s never to soon to start getting ready for winter. Here are some things you may want to think about doing this winter to save on your electric bills.
1. Those ceiling fans that kept us cool this summer can now be turned into a way to force heat down into the living space. Just switch your fan to a clockwise position. This action can cut your heating cost by 10 percent.
2. Turn down the temperature on your water heater. By lowering the water heat to 120 degrees could reduce your heating costs by 6 to 10 percent. Think about going to a tank less heater or going to solar. There are federal tax credits which pay 30 percent of the cost with no upper limits.
3. Have you checked for drafts? According to the U.S. Department of Energy drafts waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Start simple by using a draft snake (check out your own DIY snake on the internet).
4. Installing storm doors and windows can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent. Federal tax credits may be available at a 10 percent cost savings.
5. Check your thermostat. Households shell out 50 to 70 percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling. In the winter turn down the heat when you are not there. For every degree you lower the thermostat you can save one to three percent off your heating bill. Put on warmer clothes when home so you can keep that thermostat lower.
6.Insulating the hot water pipes can also help your electric bills. You can buy pre-slit pipe foam at most hardware stores. By wrapping the pipes they become more energy efficient.
These are just a few tips that may help you with your electric bills this winter. Do some research on the internet for more cost savings.
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