It’s that time of year when we turn on the heat and lights a lot more than we did for the past 6 months with full days of sun and heat. But now it seems we live in an entirely new place. It gets dark many hours sooner, it gets really cold over night, to where we have the heat kick on during the night. Its only natural that we use more energy. We need heat and light since nature is providing us with less. Just in time for the drag on our energy and heating bills, take advantage of money saving features and tips to save.
Just in time for the higher energy use time of the year, PG&E has some really great resources to help you reduce your energy costs. Planning ahead and putting in place ways and things to reduce drafts, or shopping for new energy efficient appliances or appliances with extra energy saving features can earn rebates and also save a lot of money over this winter and for the future. Make sure you properly recycle old appliances like refrigerators, water heaters, and other materials that need to be disposed of properly, many scrap yards will dispose of it and possibly pay some scrap cash.
No matter what you do, taking some measures and actions right now will save money. From keeping windows closed to, taking drafting vents, even things that cost nothing can save something. You would be amazed on what a little can do and how something as little as reducing drafts, can save you dollars a day in heating, meaning possibly hundred or hundreds a month in savings to air heating and cooling costs.
Here are 3 Tips For Energy Efficiency This Winter:
- Make sure your home has proper insulation around the doors, windows, and attic. It is important to let your home breath, but it is important to reduce drafts and leaking air. Seriously even just a quarter sized hole in a attic or door, can let in enough cold air to keep your furnace or electric heaters running. We keep our windows and doors locked to keep the seal tight, just closing something doesn’t make it sealed as well as locking it in place. We also have a fireplace and make sure the flute and doors are closed to stop any drafts. Also insulating behind outlet covers is a great way to save energy and be more efficient, especially in cold and windy areas.
- Plan your next project by focusing on a specific area of your home and find out the best savings and incentives with this Money Saver Tool. Check out flooring, HVAC, roofing, electronics, appliances, windows and more for rebates, current incentives, tips, resources, and ideas to help you start and get inspired.
- Changing out simple things like light bulbs and turning off power when not in use can save some serious money now and over time. Using lighting that use Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or LED is a easy way to save and for something to pay for itself within a few years. We also have a TURN IT OFF policy in our home, which is simple to turn things off when not in use. Water, electricity, TVs, lights, anything that relies on something else that is not in use is wasteful!
Right now you can share your energy efficiency by entering the #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest happening November 17-23 o their Instagram page.
How are you saving energy this winter?
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