Although you're likely happy that you had an extra hour of sleep this weekend, you're probably less than thrilled that it gets dark and cold so early this time of year. According to the U.S. Energy Administration (EIA), the Northeast will experience temperatures about three percent colder than last year. Those who heat their houses with natural gas, which includes around half of the American population, will pay about 13 percent more on their heating bill than they did last year. Are you looking for ways to save energy and cut costs this winter? Check out the helpful tips below.
- Don't turn thermostat up all the way: "When you're asleep, or away from home, turning the thermostat down by 10 to 15 degrees can save you about 10 percent a year on your heating bill," reported the Christian Science Monitor. Although it may be tempting to turn your thermostat up well into the 70s during cold days and nights, save energy by putting on a heavier sweater or using down comforters on your bed.
- Invest in proper light bulbs: Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than the typical light bulb. Although a few years ago, these bulbs were pricey for the average homeowner, today they average about $10, helping you to save both energy and money.
- Retain heat: At Metropolitan Window Fashions, we can help you keep heat inside of your home and keep out cold air during the chilly winter months. Purchase our window film in collaboration with heavy-duty draperies to successfully accomplish this goal. Stop into our showroom today or contact us for a free at-home consultation!