8 Tips on How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill
Posted on September 14, 2015
There are lots of ways to save electricity at home. Some are simple and gives immediate results – new habits or cheap gadgets that will help you save. Others require investment and a lot of work. But everyone can make a big difference.
Switch to CFLs.
If you have not already done so, it might be time to replace your old incandescent bulbs with fluorescent-based CFLs, the latter only uses fifth as much electricity.
The right lighting around the television and computer.
Minimize the light around in your surrounding while watching TV or working at the computer. Stylish spot-lighting provides a good working environment and a possible “salon feeling” and draws very little power.
The right light in the right place.
The placement of the lights in a room is crucial to how light is perceived. With lighter shades and fixtures with good reflectors, you get more light from each lamp. Maybe you can then go down from four to three light sources or use weaker lights?
Get motion detection.
There is no idea for the lights to be turned on in a room where no one is present. A motion detector turns off lights automatically. It may not be as useful indoors, but for those who have lighting on the property, it can save many dollars.
Activate save mode on your computer.
Check the computer’s power options and set short times to shut off the display and sleep for your computer. There is no point for it to draw power when no one is using it.
Turn off the wifi.
Not using wireless network? Turn it off – both on the computer and the router.
Turn off the gadgets you do not use.
Standby modes are useful and are becoming more and more power efficient, but zero watts is always best. Some stuff we use so rarely that it does not interfere significantly to turn them off manually.
Get a programmable thermostat
If you don’t have one yet then it is a must to purchase one if you have house with its own heating. Then you can easily keep track of the indoor temperature, and also schedule so that it goes down automatically when you are not home.