You can save money in every room of your house this winter if you follow these simple guidelines below. Going room to room can help you be more aware of where your top energy drainers are.
- The kitchen appliances used today consume nearly 50 percent less energy than those built just ten years ago. Still, with your stove, oven, and dishwasher running almost continually and the fridge being opened more frequently as people take time off from work and school, bills can spike.
- Use the oven light to check on food cooking progress instead of opening the door.
- Cook several items at one time and look for one dish dinner recipes.
- Use the smallest burner appropriate for the size of the pan on the stovetop.
- Keep the lid on pots to keep temperatures high and speed up cooking.
- Keep your burners clean and use reflectors to save up to 1/3 of stovetop energy.
- Try crockpots to cook meals that limit energy usage.
- Don’t cram your fridge and freezer so full that cold air can’t circulate.
- Fill your sink with hot soapy water and turn off the tap while you wash. Rinse quickly and have someone hand dry or allow dishes to air dry.
Your living room should be a comfortable place for everyone to gather, but you can limit unnecessary energy use here as well.
- Only raise the temperature if there are people using the room. Encourage sweaters and thick socks indoors!
- Keep doors closed when everyone is in the living area and close vents in other areas to keep warm air centralized.
Laundry Room and Bathrooms
- Wash only full loads of clothes and use cold water when possible.
- Try using the sensor led function rather than the timer.
- Consider changing the temperature on the hot water heater if there is a separate one for the laundry room or bathrooms.
- Take quick showers instead of long baths.
- Use a small space heater to quickly heat the bathroom before bathing instead of raising the temperature in the whole house.
- Close vents in unused bedrooms.
- Put the thermostat on a timer so it drops the temperature by a few degrees at night. Compensate with warmer pajamas and heavier blankets.
These tips can help you save energy all winter long. Lower costs means more money in your pocket for fun things like vacations.
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