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Batten down the hatches: Foolproof ways to save on your power bill

Winter is Coming.

As we enter the winter months and the weather outside becomes frightful, so do monthly utility bills. To help reduce the amount you’re spending on power each month, we’ve put together a helpful guide that covers strategies big and small to make heating, lighting, and powering your home cheaper and more efficient.

Before we cover some of the more involved methods, there are some obvious ones that you should absolutely employ in your efforts to lower your power bill but are simple enough they didn’t warrant full entries. We’re talking things like:

  • making sure your vents are open when you’re trying to heat (or cool) your house
  • turning off lights in rooms you’re not using
  • unplugging chargers and electronic devices when not in use
  • closing doors to help regulate room temperatures
  • opening your shades/blinds during the day, and closing them at night

While these are little strategies everyone has heard before, they don’t take much effort to do, and the energy savings will quickly add up.

Related: How to perform a DIY energy audit and slash your monthly power bill

Instead of the above strategies, we wanted to focus on methods that might not be as obvious but that will save you a good chunk of change. We’ve split these up into three levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate, and advanced. Obviously, the higher the difficulty, the more time and/or effort you will need to put in, but their payoff is higher. That said, integrating any of these changes, big or small, will help knock down your power bill and save you money.

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