10 tips to help you save money on your electric bill during cold weather

Published: Mar. 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM CDT
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(KLTV) - In light of our unbelievable cold weather on this day in early March, and because power suppliers are asking us to conserve power as much as possible, it's a good idea to review some of these simple tips that may help now, and even year round.

Some of us don't mind the cold weather, as it lends itself to bonfires, big pots of soup, and evenings at home with family or friends. However, none of us are too pleased when the electric bill arrives in the mailbox and the price has risen again.

Here are some tips to help you do small things to help save energy and money on your bill.

1. The Public Utility Commission of Texas suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees. They say that every degree of heating above 68 increases your energy usage 6-8%.

2. Use more blankets at night instead of raising the temperature on the thermostat.

3. Set ceiling fans on reverse to recirculate heat that builds up near the ceiling. This means your fan should be rotating in a clockwise motion during winter. Delmar Fans says that this can save up to 15% on your electric bill.

4. Use insulated curtains or other window coverings on cold nights.

5. During the day, open interior blinds or curtains to let the sun warm up your home.

6. Warm water faucet leaks should be fixed immediately, as they raise your energy consumption rapidly.

7. Close vents in unused rooms of your home.

8. Don't leave ventilation fans in the kitchen or bathroom running longer than necessary, as they replace warm inside air with cold outside air.

9. Check around doors for air leaks; use caulking, sealing and weather stripping to close up seams, cracks and other openings to the outside. Even placing a heavy towel across a door jamb on the floor can help a little, but it is much more efficient to buy these inexpensive products to tighten up those leaky areas.

10. If you have a furnace, change the filter monthly. Experts say that this will solve the majority of furnace breakdowns that most people face.

We hope you'll try a few of these helpful tips to save money during the winter. And remember, during cold weather, make sure you check on your pets, your elderly neighbors, and protect your tender plants.

Here is a list of ways to protect your pets during cold weather.

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