12 Ways to Beat Old Man Winter

When the temperature drops, our utility bills rise. That can’t be avoided. However, there are a few simple ways to keep your energy bill from going through the roof. Here are some simple tips:

1. Set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day, then drop it to 60 degrees at night.
2. Replace weather stripping around the doors and windows.
3. Install glass doors to your fireplace to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney.
4. Clean or replace your furnace filter monthly.
5. Keep curtains and shades open when the sun is out. Closed when it goes down.
6. Wear a sweater and lower the thermostat another degree or two.
7. Use ceiling fans to circulate the warm air that rises to the ceiling.
8. Run the dishwasher only when full.
9. Wash everything in cold water.
10. Clean your dryer’s lint filter before every load.
11. Add a dry towel to your load to speed the drying time.
12. Use only energy-efficient appliances.