Home insurance policyDuring the winter, you often have to turn on the lights much earlier. And don’t forget the occasional impact of cold weather. Even in Florida, there are times when we have to turn off the A/C and turn up the thermostat.

You might expect to see your electricity bills increase during the winter. You might be using more electricity, heating or hot water, and each of them could cost you money. Consider some of the ways to keep your energy use low this winter.

1. Reduce Water Usage

Everyone can benefit from monitoring how much water they use. You don’t want your monthly water bill to run sky-high after all. Conserving water can benefit your wallet and also reduce your environmental footprint. Consider steps like:

  • Bathing once per day instead of twice
  • Turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth or wash your face
  • Inspecting the pipes around your home for small leaks, and tightening them
  • Installing water-efficient taps and faucets in the home

Also, you can save on your electrical use by turning your water heater down, even as little as two to four degrees. You won’t use as much energy if the appliance doesn’t have to heat the water as much.

2. Curb Your Electrical Use

Everyone understands that reducing electrical consumption will likely reduce your energy costs. Simply turning off the lights when you leave the room helps.

  • Never leave lights on when you aren’t using a space. Turn off all non-essential lights when you are not home or not using certain rooms
  • Install energy-efficient appliances in the home
  • Replace all of your old, incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs
  • If you’re really trying to save energy, consider burning candles or lanterns as sources of light. Of course, only do so safely and in limited capacities

Call your electrical provider to learn more about how you can reduce your utility bill. You might be able to change plans or learn other billing techniques to help you save.

3. Manage Heat and Air Usage

One of the most energy-reliant items in your home is your heating and air system. You want to stay warm this winter, but you don’t want to drain your pockets at the same time.

  • Consider lowering your heat. Often, you don’t have to keep the temperature very high to make the home warmer during cold times
  • Use alternative sources of heat like electric blankets, space heaters and fireplaces. However, be careful with these items as they may pose fire risks. Monitor how much you use the electrical items, as they may use lots of energy to generate heat
  • Make sure your home’s seals, roof and foundation don’t have damages that let heat escape

If you need maintenance on any of your energy systems, take care of problems before they have time to get worse. At times, your Tampa homeowners insurance may help. However, it won’t likely cover normal maintenance related to wear and tear. Always treat your heating systems with care.

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