How to save money during the festive winter months

15 Dec 2015 | Dave Stoffels - Utility Provider

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It’s the season…

It is December, which means Christmas is just around the corner. During this festive time of year a lot of people want to decorate their house to make it festive for the holidays. These decorations often do mean an increase in people’s energy bills the next month. To ensure that people can still create a festive atmosphere during the cold winter months, here are few tips to follow so that the increase will not be too high.

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The most important thing that all people do this month is put up a Christmas tree, it is important to choose the correct lighting for this. As the Christmas tree will be one most of the day.  People can best choose CFL or LED lighting, which do not use as much energy as incandescent bulbs. The same goes for people who want to decorate the outside of their home, which looks amazing but increases the energy bill when not done correctly.


More ways to save money are…

In and around the house there are many other simple ways to keep your energy bill low during the cold and dark winter months. Have you thought of turning lights out in empty rooms or switching off the standby mode on electronics?  How about the heating in your home, if there is air in the radiators it will need more energy to heat, so venting these before the cold winter month is a good idea.

Besides making sure the heat stays in your home, it is important to make sure that the cold stays out! A draft can cause an unpleasant cold in your house. To make sure that this does not happen, you can ensure that all windows and doors are closed correctly, and when there are still small cracks, draft excluders can be placed to close the cracks and keep the draft out.

Everybody knows that people can sleep better in a cold environment, so turning down the heat before going to bed, will not only save you money but also help you sleep better at night. At night people also charge their electronics, such as their phones and tablets, it is a good idea to take these off the charger as soon as they are fully charged, besides that this is better for the battery life of the device it will also reduce unknown usage of energy. Unplugging the charger is the best solution to ensure that no energy is used.

These tips and tricks can help you to save money, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to save some extra money before the expensive winter months!


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