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Blog Jan 21, 2015

4 Tips to Keep Your Energy Bills Low During Cold Spells

Energy Saving

A wave of cold weather drives your energy bills up quite a bit. Learn how to keep them low when nasty weather comes in this post from Payless Power.

“I’ve got to go away, but baby, it’s cold outside…” How appropriate this 1950s American classic is at times!

In Texas, you never know whether it’s going to be 75…or 25.

So that makes it pretty tough to manage your energy bills too. It also gets difficult to find the time and the right things to do to minimize your energy bills.

We’d love to save you some time, so here are some simple things you can do to keep them down when those shockwaves of cold come:

1. Turn the Thermostat Down

Just a few button presses is all this one takes. It’s simple, and yet one of the most obvious things to do.

But you need to know what guidelines to follow. For every degree below 68 you go, you save about 3% on your heating bill.

So if you can handle temperatures around 60, you save around 24% on your monthly heating bill.

…Nothing to sneeze at!

2. Use the Sun to Your Advantage

Yes, we know you value your privacy and want to keep your blinds closed all day long. But only do that if you feel it’s absolutely necessary.

The sun helps heat your home. So if you pull your blinds open, that puts less stress on your furnace to keep your home the right temperature.

3. Keep Your Trips Inside & Outside to a Minimum

One of the most basic laws of thermodynamics is that air wants to move from hot to cold. So the minute you open your doors to go outside, there’s a huge rush for your warm air to escape.

You probably won’t want to go outside when it’s cold anyway. But when you do, make sure you open and close your doors fast. Teach everyone in your family the importance of doing it too. And if you have kids, ask them what kind of reward they’d like for following this rule.

4. Seal Your Home’s Air Envelope

This can be a quick fix, or a very long one, depending on how well you’ve already done this at your home.

Some things to check for:

  • Using weatherstripping around all doors
  • Light a candle and move it around your windows to see if the flame flickers (that indicates air flowing through), and caulk any areas where you find cracks
  • Look for areas where pipes enter or leave your home and use expandable foam to seal those leaks
  • Tape clear plastic film (you can get cheap kits at your local department store) over your windows to prevent drafts

If you do all those things, you’ll notice much lower heating bills during cold spells.

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