The winter months, particularly if you live somewhere cold, bring more expensive electric bills, and more energy consumption overall. You pump the heat, start your car twenty minutes before you leave for work, take longer, hotter showers, and turn your holiday lights on all night. Not only are you creating higher bills for yourself, but you are also using more energy and affecting the environment negatively. Luckily, there are great alternatives and suggestions you can implement to cut down on your winter bills.

Heat only the rooms you use.

Control where the heat is going in your home by heating the rooms that really need it, i.e. the bathroom, bedrooms, or commonly used living spaces. It is important if you are strategically heating rooms that you close doors to make sure the heat isn’t dissipating into other areas of the house.

Heat up at night.

Similarly to strategic heating, set your thermostat to heat up (slightly) at night. This will keep you warm during the hours you are in the house and cut down on heating costs during the day while you’re at work.

Layer up.

Rather than crank the thermostat, use layers when you’re dressing to keep warm. Invest in wool socks, wear long pants and sweaters, and get long johns that can keep you insulated during the colder months.

Use LED lights.

LED lights use 75% less energy than traditional lighting alternatives, and tend to last 25% longer as well! While LED should be implemented throughout the year, it is particularly relevant around the holidays when you’re using decorative lights, and through the winter when it’s darker and you need to use household lighting more.

Get better insulation.

There is always potential for heat to leak out of your home, especially if you live in an older house. Invest in better insulation or cover up drafty windows to avoid losing the heat you’re paying for.

Lower water heating costs.

During the winter, lower the level that your heating tank heats at. You can adjust the water heater so that you aren’t using too much hot water in the winter months. Wash laundry on cold or warm cycles, and take shorter showers.

Do yourself and the environment a favor by saving on energy consumption this winter!