Save a $1,000 Day 23: Break Out The Warm, Fuzzy Slippers

bunny-slippersFair warning: this tip is NOT new or sexy and, to do it fully, you will be uncomfortable.

You probably already know that keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 in the winter is the most energy efficient way to run your AC/Heat and still stay relatively comfortable, but for those of you who are hardcore like me, turning the thermostat down (or up, depending on where you live), by three degrees will save you an extra 10% off your energy bill every month.

Your energy costs vary widely according to the size of your house, where you live, and your level of insulation, but let’s assume around $90-100 per month. That’s $9-10 bucks off each bill each month for a savings per year of $108 – $120.

Even if you can’t put up with living in an igloo, at least make sure you turn it down at night and any time you are going to be out of the house for 4 hours or more. Some might argue that you’ll end up using the same amount of electricity by forcing your unit to warm the place back from 60 degrees to 65-68 when you get home, but in reality heaters/ACs work most efficiently when they are going full blast. They become energy suckers when they have to turn on and off every 20 minutes to maintain a single temperature.

Action Steps

  • Keep warm socks, clothes and blankets around at all times, so utilizing these things becomes part of your “coming home” routine.
  • Remember, once you give in and turn the thermostat up, it’ll never come back down. If you really want to save, you’ll adjust to the temp.
  • Cuddle with your stud muffin or babe to keep warm

Potential Monthly Savings: $6 – $15

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