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When winter arrives here in New England, many homeowners look for ways to combat frigid temperatures and cut down on utility costs. While adjusting the thermostat is a well-known way to save you a bundle, here are a few other tips for saving money this winter:

ways to save on energy costs
  • Wash Clothes with cold or eco-warm water when possible.
  • Use LED and CFL lighting. According to Green is Better, replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with LEDs could result in a savings of more than $3,000 over the lifespan of the new LED bulbs.
  • In some cases, utility companies offer time-of-use rates and you can save money by using electricity during off-peak hours instead of during the day. A time-of-use change can help you save money by running your more expensive utilities at night such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer.
  • Seal your home. Covering drafty windows with plastic and installing weather stripping around doors can add up to substantial savings.
  • Install and use ceiling fans. Make sure to reverse the fans’ rotation during winter months.
  • Change shower heads to low flow shower heads. According to Brothers Plumbing, the low flow shower head can decrease water consumption by 40% or more, meaning less work for your water heater and lower water utility costs.

Finally, make sure to check with your utility provider. They may have cost-saving programs available or incentives for projects such as swapping out old appliances.

Post authored by Joe Meyer. Originally published November 6, 2018. View original post at:

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