When it used to come to saving money in my energy bill, I was clueless. I remember getting so frustrated when I had to make a monthly payment. I couldn't seem to figure out why I couldn't save money. But then, I talked to my neighbor who shed some light on the issue. She spoke with an electrician who told her that one way to lower your energy bills is to follow federal guidelines for using thermostats.
She said that one of the ways she saved, is that during the winter, she kept her thermostat set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. By lowering the device between 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day – just when she was gone for work – she was able to save 5 percent a year on her heating bill.
I followed this up with some additional research and found that, during the summer, it's also possible to save money by implementing the same strategy. By following guidelines from the U.S. Department of Energy – and keeping my house warmer when I was away – I was able to reduce my cooling bills and finally begin saving for a vacation.
I never knew saving money could be this easy. I've started using these tips as warm weather started approaching. On many programmable thermostats, there's the option to store up to six different temperature settings at various times during the day.
However, if you are like me, yours doesn't have that feature. But, that's OK because I've found a way to remember to turn up my thermostat when it's warmer out. I simply set a reminder on my cell phone that tells me to raise my thermostat a few degrees every day before leaving the house. As a result, I've already seen the results: my energy bill hasn't gone up this year!