While our communities in Arizona and Texas rarely see snow, and winters are typically short, the season can still get a bit chilly. As the days become shorter and the temperatures fall after sundown, chances are, you’ll find yourself turning up the heat on your thermostat a few notches to stay warm, which can translate to an increase on your energy bill. Use these tips to help you cut back on your energy costs this winter.
#1 Use a Programmable Thermostat – Few things will save you more money than a programmable thermostat. You’ll never risk forgetting to turn the heat back down with one of these, and you can control the temperature of your house at all times. As long as you don’t have pets, you can schedule the heat to remain off all day while you’re at work and kick back on shortly before you arrive home. You can also program it to only kick on when it senses the temperature in your home has fallen below where you feel most comfortable, and to turn down a few degrees at night while you’re warm in bed.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save upwards of 10% off your energy costs all winter using a programmable thermostat.
#2 Turn Down Your Water Temperature – While everyone loves a nice, hot shower, the cost of heating that water can easily add up throughout the season. To cut back, lower your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is still plenty warm enough for a relaxing shower, but considering water can account for up to 25% of your energy bill, it can translate to big savings.
#3 Inspect Your System – Make sure all parts of your heating system are in working order, and if your home is still under warranty, contact LGI Homes immediately so any issues can be resolved. Even a small malfunction can minimize your home’s energy efficiency and cause your bill to rise. Routinely have your entire system inspected professionally and address any problems that arise as soon as possible before they worsen.
#4 Let Some Sun In – During the day, you can heat up the house by opening the curtains on your south-facing windows and allowing the sunlight to stream in. Once the sun goes down, close your curtains back up to trap in the heat.
#5 Use LED Holiday Lights – If you enjoy going all-out with holiday light displays, choose lights with LED bulbs. These bulbs are far more energy efficient and will dramatically reduce the costs associated with holiday lighting. This goes for both lights on the outside of your home and on your Christmas tree. Consider setting your lights up on a timer so they turn on automatically after sunset and shut off automatically a few hours later. This way, you won’t forget before going to bed.
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