Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a higher electric bill!

When the weather drops, the electric bills start to rise, but you’ll be glad to know that they don’t have to! There are actually lots of things you can do to conserve energy and save money when the temperatures start to plummet, and you can read about a couple of them by checking out our latest blog. Keep reading to learn a few more tips from our electrician in Cincinnati, OH to help you lower your electric bill this winter:

#3. Lower your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

The old theory that leaving your thermostat set to a certain temperature all the time is more efficient is just a myth. In fact, if you leave your thermostat on high when you aren’t home, you’re just heating an empty house! When you are asleep or are going to be gone for a while, make sure that you turn the thermostat down a few degrees. If you get cold at night, try adding a few more blankets before cranking up the thermostat.

#4. Switch to LED holiday lights. 

LEDs are much more efficient than traditional lights, and while they may be more expensive up front, they can reduce your energy usage from your holiday lights by 80-90%! It’s also wise to put your lights on a timer or to just be diligent about turning them off when you aren’t home or are asleep.

#5. Unplug appliances, electrical devices and decorations when they aren’t in use. 

If left plugged in, many appliances will still use a small amount of electricity after they are turned off. According to the EPA, the United States spends over $10 billion every single year because of idling devices. Take the extra few minutes to unplug things instead of just turning them off.