The temperatures are dropping and winter is right around the corner. If you’re like most of us, you want to save as much money as you can to spend for the holidays. One way to put some extra cash in your pocket is to cut your energy costs in the winter months. By making a few simple adjustments around your home you can save up to 30% on your energy bills each year. Check out these tips for cutting your energy costs this winter:

  1. Lower Your Thermostat. The Department of Energy reports that by dropping your thermostat by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours a day you can save up to 10% each year on your utility bills. Try setting your thermostat lower when you leave the house for the day and adjusting it up when you get home; or, if you stay home during the day consider dropping the temperature when you go to bed at night. Consider using flannel sheets or bundling up with warm clothes while your house is cooler.
  2. Only Heat What You Use. Only heat the rooms you use. Seal off vents to rooms you don’t use and use space heaters to warm them when you do need to use them.
  3. Use What You Have. Open the curtains and blinds on your south facing windows in the winter months to use the sun to heat your home. Close them at night to help keep the heat inside. Run your ceiling fans clockwise to push warm air down into your rooms, keeping them warmer.
  4. Keep The Air Moist. Moist air hold more heat and helps keep your sinuses from getting dry. Consider using a humidifier or bringing in house plants to add moisture to the air in your home.
  5. Insulate. Consider installing TAP insulation in your home. TAP is an energy efficient insulation that is also treated with a natural pest control agent, providing you with energy savings and built in pest control.
  6. Use LED Lights. LED lights are more energy efficient and last longer than traditional lights. LEDs are available for use both in your home and outside for holiday decorations.