Even when it’s cold outside, our winter utility bills can make us a little hot under the collar. Don’t get mad—get smart about your utilities. Here are three tips for bringing utility costs under control.
- Control your temperature. There’s no need to heat your home to comfortable levels when there’s nobody home. By reducing your home’s heat by 10 or 15 degrees for eight hours a day when you’re not home you can save 10 percent on your costs.
- Let Nature help out. If you have south-facing windows that aren’t obstructed by trees or bushes, you may want to open your blinds during the day to allow sunlight. Then close them at night to keep the heat in.
- Reduce your water temperature. According to energy.gov heating water for home use (showers, baths, dishes, clothes washing) accounts for up to 25 percent of the energy you consume. Chances are you don’t need your water above 120 degrees for any of those tasks. So turn down the water temperature and save some money.
By the way, if you don’t like the hassle of adjusting your furnace thermostat every day, you can install a programmable thermostat. And with an ADT Pulse® security system, you’ll be able to control that thermostat remotely (and provide extra security for your home) for a surprisingly small investment.