This New House: Put a Dent in that Energy Bill

In honor of “Cut Your Energy Costs Day” we decided our next blog post for the “This New House” series would be all about how to cut your energy bill!

Especially in winter, energy bills skyrocket. It’s difficult to maintain a low energy bill considering Christmas lights, hosting holiday events, less sunlight and wanting to keep warm, so we put together ten helpful tips to cut your energy bill down.

  • Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads.
    • Did you know running your washing machine after 7:00pm can help you save as well? Many utility companies charge higher rates during peek times (noon to 7:00pm).
  • Keep infrequently used appliances unplugged when not in use.
  • In the summer, if you have a yard, line dry your clothes to avoid running the dryer.
  • Change your filters every 30 days for peak efficiency.
  • Install dimmer switches.
  • Cover windows and patio doors with plastic film.
    • There are a lot of great YouTube video tutorials to show you how.
  • Close the curtains on your windows at night during the winter to reduce heat loss.
  • Before you buy any new appliances, check the energy efficiency ratings.
  • Seal any drafts in the house to prevent air leaks.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer full.
    • Fun Fact: Food acts as insulation and lessens the amount of time that the fridge has to run to stay cool.

Do you have any helpful tips and tricks for a low energy bill? Comment below and let us know!