Reducing Your Winter Dallas Electric Costs

As the temperatures drop in the wintertime, Dallas electric costs climb, often leaving homeowners out in the cold, financially. If you're ready to stop burning money, try these energy-saving tips:

  • Let the sun shine in! On sunny days, open your curtains or blinds and let the sun's warmth help to heat your home.
  • Don't heat an empty house. Install a programmable thermostat, and use it to reduce the temperature by at least a few degrees when no one will be home to notice.
  • Clean or replace the air filters in your heater frequently. Dirty filters result in restricted airflow, making your heater less efficient and requiring more energy.
  • Heat rises, so insulate your attic. If it is insulated, insulate it some more. Just because your builder scrimped on insulation doesn't mean you have to live with it.
  • Unplug your appliances when you're not using them. Even though they're turned off, appliances that are plugged in still use some electricity. Use an electrical strip with a switch so you can cut power to a number of appliances at once.
  • Only heat the rooms you are using. Shut the door to any rooms that you don't use, and close the heating vents to those rooms so you don't waste heat.
  • Caulk, weather-strip and cover doors and windows to keep the cold out and the heat in. If you don't have double-paned windows, consider replacing them. Single pane glass windows are extremely inefficient at keeping in heat.
  • Keep heating vents clear of furniture and rugs, so heat can circulate more freely. Remember, heat rises. Consider opening the vents wider downstairs and closing the ones upstairs. The heat will drift up that way naturally.
  • Trade in traditional incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which are 67 to 80 percent more energy efficient. They also last longer, so you'll save on trips to the store.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water; they'll get just as clean and you'll save big. If the weather's nice, try drying your clothes on a clothesline to really save big.
  • Trade in appliances older than 2001 for modern, energy-efficient versions. Energy-efficient refrigerators alone use 40 percent less electricity than 2001 models. If all the households in the U.S. traded their 10-year-old or older appliances in for new ones, we would save a collective 17 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 27 billion pounds of C02!

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