The weather turned ch-ch-ch-chilly this weekend, and while the season change gets us in the mood for Halloween it also means we can expect higher energy bills sooner than later. Right on time, Consumer Reports came up with a list of 25 ways to save on utilities when the weather is cold. They are all great tips but these five ideas can appeal to both renters and homeowners alike.
- Save $25 to $75 each year by using the system standby or hibernating feature on your computer.
- Don't overload the dryer. Clothes will take longer to dry — and they'll come out wrinkled.
- Open blinds and shades on cold days. Solar heat gain can raise interior temperature significantly. But close them at night to minimize heat loss.
- Dust off the slow cooker. You'll use a lot less energy than cooking a meal across several burners and in the oven.
- Lower the temperature a degree or two before guests arrive. A house full of people generates a lot of body heat.