Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ways to Save Energy This Winter


Winter is here — which means more money spent on heating and other utility costs around your home. When it comes to energy, these small changes can add up to big savings on your winter energy bills.

Kitchen and Laundry Savings

From cooking to washing, your kitchen and laundry room are two of the rooms that use the most water and energy in the home. Reduce your costs by:

  • Using pots and pans that are the same size as your stove’s burners.
  • Cook food in your microwave rather than your oven to save up to 80% energy.
  • Seal your fridge and freezer tight to prevent letting cool air escape.
  • Reserve hot water for heavily soiled loads of laundry — most detergents are formulated to work just as well in cold water.
  • Clean out the lint from your dryer’s filter.
  • Run your washer and dryer only when you have a full load.

Lighting Savings

PSEG notes that lighting accounts for about 12% of your home's electric use. By making these small changes, you can make a big impact on your electric bill.

  • Utilize LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs.
  • Turning off all lights at night — search for any glowing battery lights, too!
  • Look for the ENERGY-STAR® label when purchasing lighting products. 

Electronic Savings

According to PSEG, in the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Devices that come on instantly after touching it draws power at all times. Cut back on your electric bill this winter by:

  • Unplug charging chords and holiday lights to avoid fires and lower your costs.
  • Switch the TV off when no one is watching.
  • Purchase an inkjet printer in place of laser printers, as they are 90% more efficient.

Heating Savings

All heating systems need electricity to function, regardless of the style. Proper settings and an efficient system are key to lowering your costs. Be sure to perform the following checks to ensure you’re not letting your warm air cause your bill to skyrocket.


  • Seal all windows and door leaks to prevent warm air from escaping.
  • Check your air filters and replace them if necessary.
  • Have your system maintained to identify any possible issues.
  • Utilize a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature to your lifestyle.


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