Late autumn. It's hard enough adjusting to the temperature drop as it is, let alone the surprising hike in your electric bill. With your first winter power bill of the season right around the corner, here are some handy tips and tricks you can use to lower wintertime bills while still keeping your home nice and toasty.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Gone most of the day? Travel often? If the answer to either is yes, a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule and set times should be your first order of business in keeping heating costs at bay. According to the Department of Energy, turning your thermostat back 7 to10 degrees from its average setting during the workday can save you a whopping 10% annually on energy costs.
Give Your Furnace a Tune-up
If you can't recall the last time you changed your furnace filter, or where your filter is even located—you probably need a new one. To be on the safe side, the basic rule of thumb is to change it every 3 months. A grimy filter will foul up air quality and jack up the numbers on your electric bill while it sends your heater into overdrive.
Decorate for Warmth
If you're looking to save on future energy costs, you might as well do it in style. Hanging heavy curtains/drapery is a fabulous way of keeping in heat as well as adding warmth and inviting ambiance. And that's not all. From comfy flannel blankets, jersey pillows, and plush faux-fur throws to cozy ceramic heaters or electric-mounted fireplaces, there are tons of chic ways to bring warming extra layers into your winter abode.
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