Throughout the year, it seems as though our utility bills fluctuate as the months pass. In the summer, our electricity skyrockets from constant use of the air conditioning. In the fall and winter months heating makes up a large portion of our expenses. No worries! We’ve done our homework with the help of Progress Energy to provide you with some cost effective tips to help you save.
- Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you’re not using so you’re not paying to cool them.
- Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
- Install more ceiling fans. Because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable.
- Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
- Heat your home with the sun’s help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that utilize heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
- Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water.
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