It’s important to save on electricity during the winter months. We know the last thing you want to worry about is a high electricity bill. Before that happens, there are small changes you can make that will have a big impact on your electricity usage and bill. We want to help you save on electricity when and where possible without altering your lifestyle.
Reduce your energy consumption to save on electric
Tip #1 – Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (at least). When it is cold outside your heater has to work hard to warm things up. The extra work costs money. Keeping your thermostat at 68 reduces the work load, and putting on a sweater will keep you warm and more money in your pocket.
Use energy efficient settings on appliances
Tip #2 – Turn ceiling fans on low and switch the fan direction to blow air up (button up/blades turning clockwise). This forces warm and cool air to mix in the room so hot air doesn’t rise and stay there. On average, ceiling fans only use 60 watts whereas central AC units can use up to 3,500 watts of energy. Fewer watts means a lower energy bill. Don’t forget to turn the ceiling fans off when you leave your home for continued savings.
Tip #3 – Did you know that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential energy use? Use a smoke pencil to identify air leaks around windows and doorways, and seal them to keep hot air in and cold air out.
Tip #4 – When baking in the oven, check the status of the food through the oven window instead of opening the oven door. Opening the oven door decreases the temperature inside by 25 degrees and can extend the cook time. BONUS– When you are using the oven turn down the thermostat a few degrees. The oven will add extra heat to your home.
Tip #5 – Keep the shades, blinds and drapes open and let the sunshine help to warm your home.
Tip #6 –To save on electric, adjust the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 120 degrees will help slow the mineral build-up and keep it from running longer than is necessary. Insulate the hot water heater to help reduce its energy usage by about 10-15%.
Tip #7 – If you are a creature of habit and take showers around the same time each day or night, put your hot water heater on a timer. Turn off your hot water heater during blocks of time when you know you won’t be needing hot water will help conserve energy.
Tip #8 – Save the hot water for yourself. Choose the cold cycle when doing laundry and wash with cold water when doing the dishes.
Tip #9 – Avoid space heaters. As tempting as it might be to use a space heater, they are not the most energy efficient options, plus they are a fire hazard.
Tip #10 – Make sure that nothing is blocking air vents when the heater is running.
Our Conscience and Our Energy are Clean
With a few changes you can start reducing your electricity usage to save money every month of the year. We know that you’ve been asking, “Am I paying more for electricity than I was 1 year ago”? The answer is yes. Before you ask why am I paying more for electricity we want to say, don’t worry- it isn’t you, and it isn’t us either. The simple truth is, the cost of electricity has increased significantly over the past year.
As a clean energy company, we want to provide more people the option to reduce their carbon footprint. Pogo Energy only provides renewable electricity, meaning the electricity that Pogo customers use does not get generated by the burning of fossil fuels; instead, we provide green energy from renewable energy sources, so we don’t destroy this beautiful world.
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Want more ways to save money and reduce your electric usage? Check out our other post, “3 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill.”