I like to think that I do most everything I can to save on water, gas, and electric but we recently moved from a small 3 bedroom townhome to a much larger 4 bedroom house and the bills are starting to roll in. So far they haven't been too outrageous but with cold weather lurking I'd like to hear what types of things that other people do to help with their utility costs.
I have a 4 bedroom house but only use the Master and my Sons bedroom upstairs. So when it gets really cold outside, I close the other two bedroom doors so I confine the heat to the used rooms and the thermostat is in the hall so it is unaffected by any drafts from those rooms. I also lower the heat when I am going out for the day and at night, we dress warmly for bed. Unless it is really cold outside I can usually leave the heat off altogether on the upstairs thermostat too. Good curtains and blinds can keep the cold out also. As for electricity, we have replaced most of our light bulbs with the new spiral low energy bulbs as well. We have skylights and never really need the lights on during the day anyway. I have under mounted lighting under my kitchen cabinets so I hardly light the high hats. I also want my DH to put another layer of insulation in the attic when he gets a chance, that keeps more heat in the house.
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