Blog Stories Shop Talk Vol. 8: Top Cost-Saving Tips for Low Energy Bills

Shop Talk Vol. 8: Top Cost-Saving Tips for Low Energy Bills

By Aryne + Dulcinea, November 19, 2018

Top Cost-Saving Tips for Low Energy Bills

As the weather in Portland transitions from the pleasant cool of fall into the frigid chill of winter, we’re starting to prioritize the value of warmth in our homes. To keep cozy without breaking the bank, use these top cost-saving tips for low energy bills this winter.

Use Your Windows Strategically

If your home has south-facing windows, take advantage of these in the day by allowing the morning light to heat your home. Once the sun stops streaming through the windows, close your curtains to keep heat in the rooms and protect against cold drafts. Installing insulated drapes or shades will add to your overall savings.

Save on Water Heating Costs

In the cold winter months, reduce your water heater slightly to the warm setting, between 120-125°F. If you plan on spending time away for the holidays for more than two days, turn your water heater to its lowest setting. Some energy efficient models even have a “vacation” mode.

Lower Your Holiday Lighting Costs

Holiday lights are the perfect festive touch to any home. However, the energy costs for a display of 10 strands of 200 incandescent lights can add up to nearly $70 over the course of the holiday season. However, LED lights are the far more efficient option at just over $20. Additionally, LED lights are typically more durable than their counterparts and last up to 25 times longer, so you can save on replacement costs in the long-term.

Mind the Gaps

One of the quickest ways to rack up an expensive energy bill is to have a poorly insulated home. Prevent warm air from escaping through leaks by air sealing any gaps. Plastic covering can also be added over any windows that are particularly chilly. 

These top cost-saving tips for low energy bills will help you maintain efficiency throughout the winter months. Contact us directly for more tips!



Aryne + Dulcinea

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