The trees may change color, but you can stay green.
Winter weather has its own challenges to keeping your carbon footprint low. But no matter what the season brings, there are a few simple choices you can make that’ll help you manage your electricity bill and stay energy efficient, so you can be cozy and green all winter long.
Conserve energy with these tips.
If you have an electric heating system, it’s possible that you could use just as much electricity to keep your home comfortable in the winter months as you do in the summertime. Consider implementing these habits to save as much energy as possible.
Turn down your thermostat. For every degree below 68°F, you can expect to save about 3% on your heating costs.
Set your ceiling fans for cooler weather. Fans that rotate clockwise can recirculate heat that’s risen in your home.
Remember the 4-by-4 rule. If you’re going to be away for more than four hours, set the thermostat 4° lower.
Unplug your electronics. Stop vampire power from draining your wallet by putting your electronics on a power strip and unplugging when not in use.
Check your water heater. The ideal temperature for an energy-efficient water heater is 120°.
Get cooking. Using your stove and oven to cook meals can help keep your home warm. Plus, when you’re done using them, you have food to eat!
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