How I Save on Energy Bills

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 18, 2014


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How I Save on Energy Bills to Splurge on Fun

It’s getting cold here in New York, and we are all mentally preparing for snow and higher energy bills.

I called our propane company just a week ago because I hadn’t seen them in a while and wanted to double-check that we have enough propane for the next few cold months.

We ran out of oil once in the middle of winter when we were renting and I tell you, that was one cold night with all three of us bundled up under one blanket with hats on.

There is no way to get around energy bills, but there are simple ways you can lower them. Here are a few ways I incorporate energy saving into our daily life:

1. Turn down the thermostat and find other ways to stay warm

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I’m one of those people who is always cold. I’m wearing two pairs of socks most of the year and would like to avoid the frozen food isle because I’m so miserable when I’m cold.

I sit on the sofa all day blogging, I don’t move much, and when I feel the urge to turn up our thermostat, there are two things I can do instead: run up and down the stairs a few times or vacuum.

Works every time. I get my heart rate up — plus a cleaner house — and the thermostat stays where it is.

2. Unplug electronics or share someone else’s electricity

Electronics use electricity even when they are not being used, and I save on our energy bill by unpluging my computer for the night. Going on a trip? Unplug your TV and other appliances (except for the fridge :)

I’m usually working from home, and when it gets really cold, I sometimes grab my laptop, turn down the thermostat in our house, and head to a coffee shop for a few hours.

It’s nice to work somewhere else for a change, and I get to enjoy the free heat in the coffee shop (minus the cost of the coffee and treat).

 3. Share the hot bath water

Yes, we do this in our house. L is still into taking baths instead of showers, so what I’ve started to do is take a shower with the plug in to save all my shower water, and then he takes a bath after me.

Another tip: I leave a gallon-sized plastic pitcher in the bathroom and catch the first gallon of cold shower water. I use it for our flowers and plants, and for changing the water in L’s aquarium.

Here are more tips from PG&E:

  • Take advantage of these warm weather, cold weather, and everyday savings tips (broken down by no-cost, low-cost and investment solutions)
  • Plan your next project by focusing on a specific area of your house with this cool Money Saver Tool (rebate info can also be found here)
  • Refrigerator recycling rebate program

PG&E is having a #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest until November 23. You have a chance to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift card!

I hope these tips helped you stress less about energy bills. What will you splurge on with the extra money?

Enjoy this winter and stay warm!

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Do you have a great tip? Share it in a comment with us all.

{I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.}

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Leitman January 28, 2015 at 5:58 PM

If you have an attic you also might want to consider an attic stair cover.

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Dagmar Bleasdale January 29, 2015 at 2:59 AM

Yes, Seth, we actually still need to do that for our house!

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Seth Leitman January 28, 2015 at 5:50 PM

there are a few ways here to save energy. I’ll add some more if you’d like. Btw here means the link to the post. some good ones here. Keep it going though.

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