The cold weather is upon us and there are many ways to heat up your home without burning a hole in your wallet. Here are a few ways you can cut your energy costs this winter.
As the temperatures begin to drop, heating bills can go up. You can reduce energy consumption by making simple adjustments within your apartment or townhome.
- Schedule an energy audit through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program. One of BGE’s Smart Energy inspectors will provide a one-time walk through of your home and find ways you can save money and reduce energy consumption.
- Reduce your hot water temperature to 120-degrees Fahrenheit. If you need assistance with this, contact the service team.
- Replace lightbulbs around your home with new, efficient LED bulbs.
- During the day, allow sunlight to illuminate your home so you can keep the lights off. Be sure to close your curtains and lower blinds as the sun goes down to keep heat in your home.
- Change your air filters seasonally.
- Turn off all electronics when not in use including computers, printers, cable boxes, and phone chargers. Easily shift everything off by plugging items in to a surge protector and shutting the surge protector off.
- Clean the coils behind your refrigerator (they can get quite dusty) to increase efficiency and keep your refrigerator running smoothly.
- Lower the temperature when you’re heading out for the day and raise it when you return.
Reduce Your Water Usage
- Immediately repair any water leaks.
- Take showers instead of baths and keep them to about 5 minutes.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Two minutes of running water is gallons wasted.
- Run the dishwasher and laundry machines only when the loads are full. If you must run a half-load of laundry, be sure to adjust any settings on your washing machine accordingly.
- When thawing frozen food, avoid using running water. Plan ahead and thaw food in the refrigerator instead.
- Use bath towels more than once. Less laundry results in water and energy savings.
Other Fun Ways to Save
- Cook large dinners and take leftovers to lunch for work. Warming winter soups are perfect for this as you can make a large pot and have enough left over for several days. Many soups taste better the next day, too!
- Download the GasBuddy app for your smartphone to scout out the lowest gas prices in the area.