Why Is My Utility Bill Higher in The Winter

 

There are both season-specific and household usage factors that result in a higher utility bill. Fortunately, you have a say in your usage.

Trends show that households use more energy in winter than during summer.

  1. Reasons why your utility bill is higher in the winter

As winter arrives, we switch from air conditioners and ceiling fans to space heaters, electric blankets, and a higher demand for hot water. However, more importantly, we get to stay in a lot more, so we end up using more electricity. As we are not the only ones in this world, everyone else does the same, taxing the grid as the cost of power generation goes up.

  1. Tips to keep your utility bill down in winter

The whole concept of reducing your utility bill revolves around making your household and your personal usage more energy-efficient. Practice energy efficiency does not require sacrifices, it merely demands us to be aware of our actions and identify ways to spend less energy.

Lower your thermostat

All you have to do is put on a sweater, some thick socks, and sweatpants. A few degrees less won’t make it feel like you’re on the North Pole, but you can put your gloves and hat on if you wish as any exposed body part allows heat to escape. Cover yourself up with blankets and warm bedding at night and let your thermostat rest as well.

Close unused rooms

If you’re heating a room no one goes in, then you’re just wasting money and energy.

Seal leaks

Drafts allow heat to escape from your home, while also allowing winter air to sneak in. Use caulk and weather-stripping to seal air leaks. Check the weather stripping and seals around your windows and exterior doors. Apply new caulk to any broken seals and replace any damaged or missing weather stripping. Also, don’t forget to close your fireplace when it’s not in use.

Add a layer of insulation

If you don’t feel like making a bigger investment, all you have to do is invest in a pair of thick blackout curtains that will provide an additional layer of insulation to your windows and help to trap heat at night.

Reverse your ceiling fans

Ceiling fans usually rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down and creating a cooling sensation. But most have a reverse switch you can use during winter to push hot air down to warm yourself up.

Make use of baking

Back in the days, a wood-burning stove was both a way to cook food and a means of warming the house. Modern ovens don’t have that warming functionality in mind but if you used one to bake, leave the oven door open and let some of that heat into your home as it cools down.

Invest in a smart thermostat

This device will eliminate the problem of heating up the place when you’re not home such as when forgetting to turn the heating off when you leave the house. The beauty of smart products, in general, is that they can create a routine as they learn from your habits and preferences, automatically adjusting the temperature. It both saves you money from your utility bill and helps your home feel cozier.

 

Price shop for a more affordable provider

Do some research on Google and find affordable electric suppliers to find the rate that works best for you. If you are one of the many who is now working from home, your prior package might no longer be adequate for your usage. The reason why your bill is shockingly high could be your energy plan. Getting a fixed rate could get you a convenient rate all year long so do your research as there are a ton of comparison sites that already did the job for you so all you have to do is choose and see what a new electricity plan can do for your utility bill and consequently, your budget.

Takeaway

Every energy-efficient habit you adopt or action you take during winter will help you save money all year long. The concept is the same, you use less energy, minimize waste, keep outside air out and inside air in.