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Winter Electric Bill Savings Tips From the Pros

by On Jan 15 2017

Many Texans aren’t accustomed to much cold weather, so when the temperatures plunge, we crank up the heat! This response might make for a cozier living room, but it doesn’t do much good for our electric bills, especially over time.

Fortunately, there are ways to cope with the cold that don’t involve an increase in billing. Because we know our valued customers are always on the lookout for new ways to save money on electricity, Discount Power is passing along this collection of helpful wintertime tips to get you through the season without turning up your thermostat. Have any tips of your own to share? Let us know on Facebook!

  1. Use the sun as a free heater. 

That bright star up in the sky can be your biggest ally in practicing temperature control in your home throughout the year. Open the blinds and curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to invite free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside.

  1. Bundle up.

Dressing a little more warmly is one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill. Instead of cranking the heat up, pull on a cozy winter sweater and warm socks. Keep throw blankets on your couch and add an area rug to insulate the floor. Don’t forget the slippers—they’re crucial!

  1. Turn down the thermostat at night. 

A study by the U.S. Department of Energy discovered that we can save about 10 percent per year on our heating bills just by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. How much heat do you need while you’re asleep in bed? Pick up a set of flannel sheets and a warm, heavy comforter for your bed in the winter and keep your home cooler when you sleep.

  1. Heat only the rooms you use. 

Have any guest rooms or storage rooms that you spend very little time in? Close and seal off the vents in these rooms to be more energy efficient and direct the flow of warm air to the rooms you use most. By using a space heater in the rooms where you need it and setting your thermostat to 62 degrees, you can save up to $200 each year.

  1. Add a humidifier. 

No one in Southeast Texas should be surprised to learn that moist air feels warmer and holds heat better. The air inside your home can dry out quickly when your HVAC is running, and a humidifier can help you feel more comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. House plants are another great option to help humidify your home.

  1. Seal up the cracks.

Before winter sets in each year, it’s a good idea to weatherproof your home. Make sure you have enough insulation, install double-paned windows, and caulk any cracks. You’ll get rid of those uncomfortable drafts and save money that was flowing out of your home with the heat.

  1. Maintain your heating system.

Your home’s heating system requires regular maintenance to ensure that everything is running efficiently and safely. Each year, make a point to replace your furnace filter, check ductwork for leaks and blockages, and make sure that all of the heating vents are open and unblocked. Otherwise, your heater will use more power than is necessary.

If you haven’t made the switch yet, choosing Discount Power as your new electricity provider is an easy and terrific way to increase your energy savings this winter! We won’t hit you with any fancy charges—just great rates and great service. Simple! Click here to view our latest promotions and save money on your first electric bill after you make the switch to Discount Power!